Hate crime charges pending against man who smeared feces on California church building

A California man police say has a history of yelling obscenities at church members has been arrested after U.S. police say he smeared feces and threw eggs at a church building.

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Danny Lee Terpin (Tulare County Sheriff’s Office , U.S.)

Tulare County sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Lee Terpin, 48, after they say his actions were caught on video at the Iglesia Christiana Fuente de Vida on Friday. The Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page that the video surveillance and a history of incidents led deputies to a nearby home where they made the arrest.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson on Sunday said Terpin faces felony hate crime vandalism charges.

Some 2020 Southern Gospel releases already playing on Texas Gospel Canada

A half-dozen Southern Gospel artists have already sent their January 2020 songs to Texas Gospel Canada just days before the new year.

The Talley’s “Get me There” is the group’s selection to kick off 2020.  It comes from their Finest Hour album. It may be the last single release from the project to be sent to radio as the Talley’s newest CD Hymns of the Faith was released early in December.

The Soul’d Out Quartet’s song “Heaven” is among the new releases this week.  It was penned by the group’s founder John Matt Rankin and comes from the album Run To The Light. This song ‘s lyric, ‘Hey everybody, are you going to Heaven with me?’  comes from an encounter in West Virginia.   A young man unashamedly asked the question in a crowd loudly displaying no shame in his Christian faith.

Other songs released this week include the Wisecarvers’ “Go Down Again, the McKamey’s “We All Need a Savior,” and Balsam Range’s “Place no Wreath.”

Listen for these along with Southern Gospel classics this week on Texas Gospel Canada!

 

Stolen cross returned to Digby church

A 100-year-old cross that was stolen has been returned according to a report published by StAlbertaToda.ca.

The Yarmouth Conty Vanguard reports the brass cross had been taken in a burglary around 10 a.m. Christmas Eve at the Trinity Anglican Church in Digby, N.S.  A press release issued by the RCMP says a woman brought the undamaged cross to the church and gave it to an employee.

PHOTO: Trinity Anglican Church, Digby, N.S.

Officials say nothing else was taken in the burglary.

No arrests have been announced.

The Digby RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 902-245-2579. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submit a secure web tip at http://www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

Federal Court: Church of Atheism is not a church

A federal court has ruled a group called the “Church of Atheism” is not a church; therefore, can not be treated as a church for tax purposes.

CTV reports the Federal court of Appeal upheld the minister of national revenue’s decision to refuse the Chruch of Atheism of Central Canada as a charity.

According to a report in The Toronto Star, Justice Marianne Rivoalen said the organization, “… did not demonstrate that its belief system is based on a particular and comprehensive system of doctrine and observances.”

The decision was unanimous and and the appeal was dismissed, with costs.

US agents investigating attacks against church buildings in Texas, reward offered

The FBI is trying to find out if four cases of church vandalism in El Paso, Texas are related. The latest incident happened Dec. 5. A criminal smashed windows at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  Fire officials told the El Paso Times a small fire at the church that night appears to be intentionally set.

The church pastor posted on social media that no one was hurt.  He said federal agents are investigating the attack against the church as a hate crime.

Fernando Ceniseros, a spokesman for the Diocese of El Paso, encouraged anyone with information on the crime to reach out to the police, FBI, or Crime Stoppers.

“If you see something, if you know something or if you hear something we are asking our people to say something,” he said, according to the KVIA television.

The vandalism at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church includes the burning of a Bible, Satanic symbols left on church property and around $75,000 of non-specified destruction, according to a followup story from KVIA.

The FBI in September announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in previous attacks against church buildings in El Paso. Other rewards offered to help find the person or persons responsible bring the reward total to $15,000 for the arrest of those who are responsible.

Church in Ottawa welcomes refugees

A congregation in Ottawa puts love in action as it welcomes 28 people who fled growing violence in Congo.

Here’s the story from the CBC 

The Church’s web site says its Refugee Mission Program started in 2011 in consultation with the church council and the government of Canada. The church applied to the government and became a SAH (sponsorship agreement holder) in July 2012. That year, it worked with other SAH groups and shared the 5 allocated spaces with those groups.

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