FLAME WAR

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.

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9 Comments

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Captain proton

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

  • Captain proton

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

  • 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.

  • Captain proton

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

  • KARUADAM

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

  • 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.

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