Muslim groups fundraise to restore black churches, ‘support victims of arson’

Muslim organizations have raised $23,000 to help rebuild eight historically black churches that have burned down since the deadly attack on a prayer group in South Carolina. Three fires are believed to be arson, while the rest are under investigation.

 The groups ‒ including Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab  American Association of New York and Ummah Wide ‒ encouraged  Muslims to reach out during their holy month of Ramadan. They  touted the connections between Muslim and African-American  communities in the US, saying the groups are “profoundly  integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our  relationship to this great and complicated country.”


Planned Parenthood in Washington state hit by arson attack

Investigators looking into a fire that consumed a Planned Parenthood center in Pullman, Washington, on Friday have concluded that the blaze was the result of arson. According to KREM 2, both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire. Just weeks ago, the clinic was the site of mass pro-life action.


California mosque reportedly “fire-bombed” with people inside

After receiving a report at noon on Friday, the FBI is investigating a fire that flared up in the lobby of a Coachella Valley mosque as potential arson. Imam Reymundo Nour told CBS that people at the center described hearing a “loud boom” before flames ensued, and claimed the building had been “fire-bombed.” This isn’t the first time the center has been attacked.

Black South Carolina Church Burned Down Again, 20 Years After KKK Set It On Fire

A fire has heavily damaged a black church in South Carolina that was rebuilt after it was burned down by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1995.

The fire began at about 8:40 p.m. at the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, according to reports on Twitter.

No injuries have been reported.

It is at least the seventh black church in the South to burn since nine churchgoers were fatally shot June 17 at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a racially motivated gunman.
5 Black Churches in the Ferguson Area Have Burned Since Last Week, Media Shrugs
"These are being intentionally set."

On October 8th, the first fire was set at the Bethel Non-Denominational Church. Between October 10th and October 14th, three more churches were burned — New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the New Testament Church of Christ. In the early hours of Saturday morning, another fire was set at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church. All 5 churches are within three miles of each other.


5 black churches in the St. Louis area have been set on fire

At least six churches in the St. Louis area, five of which are predominately black, have been targets of suspected arson, spurring federal investigators to get involved. Police are seeking suspects and a motive, calling the attacks “arson” and possibly acts of hate.  Fires and attacks on black churches have a long, tragic history in the United States. 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours

Dearest Family and Friends,

Happy Holidays! You caught us during one of our magical family dinners. You can just feel the warmth radiating right out of the card, can’t you?

What a BUSY YEAR! Celery and Ottoman are excelling at EVERYTHING. Their teachers may have to burn down the school building after this year because it will be pointless to go on! 

Little Emmett is wonderful too! He is the smartest baby in his class and has been offered a full scholarship to baby college! It’s probably because he always sleeps through the night. We are so lucky or maybe probably just really good parents. 

Greg and I went on an absolutely EXQUISITE couples retreat in Morocco in February. (Don’t worry, the kids were well occupied at Space Camp/Baby Space Camp respectively.) On our way back, we stopped over in whichever African nation Bono is always talking about to do a little charity work. The natives even had a fun nickname for us, “Nyeupe Shetani.” We so deeply believe in giving back. We all learned so much about how great we are. Hakuna matata!

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!

Better than you,

The VanHoofs