Yesterday morning, Christian hate-pastor Greg Locke announced that his outdoor tent-church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee had been vandalized.
Someone used red spray-paint to write messages including “Locke & Stone will burn in Hell” (a reference to convicted felon Roger Stone who will be speaking there next weekend), “Titus 1:16” (“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good”), “Fascists Beware,” “Repent,” “Roman [sic] 16:18″ (“For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people”), and “F U.”
The church service went on as scheduled — no social distancing, no masks — and Locke opened up the service by walking the line between dismissing it all as no big deal and acting like he’s a victim of Christian persecution. He told local reporters that the estimated damage was $5,000.
Whenever this sort of crime happens, I feel like it goes without saying that, as a critic of Locke, I don’t condone it. But I’ll say it anyway. Still, the fact that whoever did it wrote Bible verses and “Repent” suggests that it was an angry Christian as opposed to someone non-religious. Makes sense in part because Locke’s behavior isn’t exactly new; any atheist who doesn’t like him has felt that way for a while. Or maybe Satan did it after Locke uncovered his infiltration of the DNC. (Kidding, kidding.)
I’ve heard some people saying online that he did this himself. Maybe for publicity, or to raise money, or something self-serving like that. I don’t buy it. He’s a guy who goes viral for saying stupid things; he doesn’t need to be an actual victim when he’s constantly pretending to be one anyway, and the consequences for getting caught just don’t seem worth it. Also, there’s no way Locke knows how to spell “fascists.”
Whoever did it, though, failed. If the goal was to shut Locke up, vandalism like this only invites more publicity and louder sermons.
(Thanks to Scott for the link)