Earlier this week, evidence surfaced that a gay man, Rick Jones, inflicted his own wounds before claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. Thursday, another threatening act was attributed to a member of the targeted community.
The predominantly black parishioners at New Covenant Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., locked themselves in the church during a recent service after discovering threatening messages posted to a nearby tree. Pastor Roland Joyner explained:
We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside; but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church.
Word soon spread that 44-year-old Vincent Broughton, a black man, had been arrested for the “bias-motivated crime,” sparking assertions that this was just the latest in a string of crimes prematurely – if understandably – blamed on bigoted social conservatives.