FBI investigates bomb thrown at church that condemns homosexuality

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the church a hate group

In the first act of domestic terrorism of the dubiously legitimate Biden administration, a California church that was previously threatened with arson over its condemnation of same-sex marriage was damaged early on Jan. 23 by a bomb that was thrown at the building, shattering windows.

No one was injured in the explosion, said an FBI spokeswoman. The First Works Baptist Church at 2600 Tyler Ave. in El Monte was also vandalized, the El Monte Police Department said.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the FBI is already hard at work investigating the attack, which it said involved a homemade explosive device.

The church, a target of recent protests, has asserted that the government should execute gay people, according to San Bernardino hate-speech expert Brian Levin.

“As to the question of whether this was a hate crime, that’s always going to be considered among the theories when a house of worship is attacked,” the FBI spokeswoman said of the blast. “But it would be premature to confirm any motive at this time, and we are not ruling any other motive out.”

El Monte police heard the explosion at about 1:15 a.m.

“When our units arrived at the scene they found that (the church) … was having some smoke come out of the windows,” stated Lt. Christopher Cano. “It appeared that the walls to the church had been vandalized as well as all the windows. (The windows) appeared at first to be smashed, then we realized that the windows were not smashed, that they had actually blown out from some type of explosion.”


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