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Apr 12, 2019 by Helena

Suspect Has Been Taken Into Custody Regarding The Louisiana Church Fires

Relevant Magazine reported that the police in Louisiana have taken 21-year-old Holden Matthews into custody in connection with the fires that burned down three historic black churches in the St. Landry Parish area. Holden appears to be the son of a St. Landry Parish deputy.

A Facebook page has cleared up that Matthews belonged to a black metal and pagan group and appeared familiar with a far-right figure named Varg Vikernes, a metal musician and former Neo-Nazi who spent 15 years in prison for burning churches in Norway and killing another musician. Vikernes said the church burnings were retribution for Christian crimes against Vikings.

In a time period of ten days, on March 26, April 2 and April 4, three churches were burned to the ground: St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Police told reporters they were treating the fires as “suspicious.”

“The spike in church burnings in the Southern states is a reflection of emboldened racial rhetoric and tension spreading across the country,” said NAACP president Derrick Johnson in a statement, according to ABC News. “But this is nothing new. For decades, African-American churches have served as the epicenter of survival and a symbol of hope for many in the African-American community. As a consequence, these houses of faith have historically been targets of violence.”



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