Church arsonists won’t kill faith, only make it stronger
Fires at 10 rural Alabama churches are an affront to faith that will undoubtedly strengthen devotion to God and one another among the victims and the millions who emphasize with them.
All decent citizens recoil at the actions of those who destroy houses of worship, whether it's a deliberate attack on faith or just an act of meanness or thrill-seeking. The same spirit that led people to reach out to victims of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina will help the affected congregations cope and rebuild, and their human and spiritual bonds will be stronger than ever.
The fires do not appear to be racially motivated. About half the churches are white, half black. All are Baptist, but that may be coincidental and it certainly does not lessen the solidarity that non-Baptists feel with them.
Authorities' response is to marshal several hundred state, federal and local investigators. They are receiving hundreds of tips from the public, and rewards for information approach $100,000, raising hope that the villain or villains will be caught soon.
The best way for the average person to respond is with prayer and a helping hand.