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Arson Suspected In Blaze That Destroyed Gay-Inclusive OH Church

Community members suspect the fire that destroyed the South Bloomingville Christian Church last Thursday night was the work of an arsonist upset that the house of worship welcomed LGBT parishioners.

The church was built in 1854, when it was first used as a primary school. It was converted into a Methodist church in the 1920s, but stood empty for decades. It was purchased in 2010 by Rev. Scott Davis, who started services there last year.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement that a cause has not been determined officially, but reports of a man on the scene—and past attacks on the church—are fueling talk of arson.

Davis said he suspects arson because he has received many death threats in the past. “It’s because this is a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender church, and people around here don’t agree with it.”

Davis said he welcomes all people to the church, regardless of faith, sexual orientation or race. There are approximately 30 locals who attend on a regular basis.

The good reverend isn’t going to let the tragedy deter his mission to provide spiritual guidance to all: “I plan on rebuilding as soon as possible,” Davis tells the Logan Daily. “As soon as the money for the insurance comes through and this is all cleaned up, there will be a new church.”

Clearly, the blame hear lies with groups like the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition, who put a target on Davis’ church by fostering at atmosphere of anger and violence.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Aug 22, 2012
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  • 9 Comments
    • myliberalmind
      myliberalmind

      I don’t believe this church was burned because Scott Davis was Gay. Scott Davis is a convicted rapist and kidnapper. See Franklin County Ohio Court records! Scott E. Davis.

      CASE NUMBER HOW FILED DATE FILED MUN COMP ARREST DATE STATUS
      06 CR 006866 INDICTMENT 09/08/2006 CPD 22352/06 08/31/2006 CLOSED
      JUDGE COURTROOM PROSECUTOR
      LAUREL BEATTY COURTROOM 6B
      345 SOUTH HIGH STREET
      6TH FLOOR
      COLUMBUS, OH 43215 LAURIE A ARSENAULT
      DEFENDANT(S)
      Name Attorney
      SCOTT E DAVIS TERRY L KILGORE
      Co-Defendant(s)
      None
      CHARGES (Disclaimer: The listed “Off. Date” may be inaccurate on cases filed prior to 10/9/92. This is the date the electronic docket for this case was converted to a new system, and not the actual date of the Offense. See docket entries below for Case History.)
      Off. Date Code Description Disposition Degree
      12/10/03 2903.13 ASSAULT PLEA OF GUILTY TO LIO M1
      Specifications:None
      12/10/03 2905.01 KIDNAPPING NOLLE PROSEQUI – CHARGE F1
      Specifications:SEXUAL MOTIVATION SPEC

      Aug 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris-MI
      Chris-MI

      Is that the same guy? I know a Scott Davis and mine is neither a minster nor a sex criminal.

      Churches are pretty frequent targets for random arson because they are empty most of the week. That one looks like a particularly easy target. There are thousands of gay-friendly churches. I wouldn’t assume anything until the police have finished their investigation.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      myliberalmind: Are you accusing Scott Davis, CEO of UPS of being a convicted rapist?

      Aug 23, 2012 at 12:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • myliberalmind
      myliberalmind

      @Captain proton:

      Captain proton for clarification here is a link to the Good Bishop’s facebook profile picture:

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=513340775347057&set=a.160627110618427.36773.100000134168292&type=1&theater

      And here is a link to his mug shot:

      http://www.mugshotsonline.com/ohio/columbus/scott-eric-davis/19870001

      ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?

      Aug 23, 2012 at 8:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      sorry, my mommy told me never to click on strange links

      Aug 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • myliberalmind
      myliberalmind

      Then use that thing they call GOOGLE if you don’t believe it and do your own research. If you don’t want to do that then don’t get so dramatic.

      Aug 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      I’m not being dramatic, just yanking the chain of a stranger for no good reason

      Aug 24, 2012 at 1:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      The real Q, is why any one want to be fucking Christian??.

      Aug 26, 2012 at 12:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • polychromatic
      polychromatic

      @myliberalmind: I have a question. Do you know what “Nolle prosequi” means?

      I’ll tell you. It means they dropped all charges. Your statement that he is a “convicted rapist” and “kidnapper” is simply wrong. He’s not convicted anything. That’s just what the police wanted to charge him with.

      Fortunately, we live in a society where it requires *proof* to be convicted of a crime. In this case, the prosecutor saw from the start that there was none, and didn’t even try.

      Aug 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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