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Pastor Says He’d Welcome Person Who Decapitated Statue Of Jesus, And Forgive Him Because That’s What It’s All About

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:50 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship has stood in its current Indianapolis neighborhood for 100 years. About five years ago, the congregation erected a statue of Jesus near the entryway to the church. The first day it was put up, it was knocked over. Now, the statue has been attacked twice in two weeks. The first time, Jesus was beheaded, and the decapitated head was left behind. The church reattached it to the statue this past Saturday. But on Sunday, the statue was once again attacked, with Jesus again beheaded. This time, the culprits took the head.

Rather than the pastor and church members losing their heads over these attacks on their Savior and rioting in rage or threatening the blasphemers who dared to deface Jesus, Pastor Brad Flaskamp instead chose to live out his faith in response:

“If whoever it is would come in and return the head and ask us to forgive him, we’d forgive him,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Interestingly, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Kendale Adams also kept a cool head and declined to jump to any conclusions about who might be responsible for the attacks. Instead of assuming that these beheadings were done by individuals disdainful of Christ or His followers, he reasonably stated that the investigation is ongoing, and that detectives are reaching out to locals for any leads.

In the meantime, I can find no report of any social justice group coming along side this Christians fellowship to protest an attack on their religion and demand this be investigated as a hate crime… And further, I can find no public condemnation from any elected officials over the attacks. Crazy, right?? It almost makes one suspect that maybe all religions are not regarded equally. Or maybe this is just a reminder of what reasonableness looks like.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


21 Responses to “Pastor Says He’d Welcome Person Who Decapitated Statue Of Jesus, And Forgive Him Because That’s What It’s All About”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (023079)

  2. What is going on in this country, Dana?

    narciso (d1f714)

  3. Indianapolis, Indiana ain’t all that far from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

    “Manners, Oddjob.”- James Bond, 007 [Sean Connery] ‘Goldfinger’ 1964

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  4. Shame on Donald Trump. He promised to end crime and violence. Another broken promise.

    The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.
    – Donald Trump, July 21, 2016

    Dave (711345)

  5. Seriously is nothing sacred, rhetorical, one faith gets remarkable latitude

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. No breathless BREAKING NEWS reports 24/7 from Indy’s news? No day-after follow-ups with comuuuuuunity leaders decrying the distuuuuuurbing trends? Shirley, you jest.

    One thing which genuinely impresses me in this travesty is that the Pastor said the perp(s) must ASK forgiveness. So many supposed church leaders conveniently leave that part out as they fall all over themselves lecturing US to forgive and understaaaaaand everything and everyone.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  7. Yes, that is a key element, it is in our nature to sin, however to do it repeatedly is the problem.

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. They don’t put up with this sort of nonsense in Santa Claus, IN.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  9. Hope that’s true, maybe that’s hometown boy Jay Cutler’s true calling rather than tossing 2 picks for 1 TD, vandal slayer. Just keep his kids under quarantine.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  10. Well we don’t rent pigs. And I figure it’s better to say it right up front, cause a man who does rent pigs is hard to stop.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  11. Apropos to the situation. That’s why.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  12. cameras are so cheap anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. A cesspool of knowledge you have, Dave.

    mg (31009b)

  14. #12 that’s what I was thinking, happyfeet. Just hook up some cameras, ID the perp(s), hunt them down, beat and mutilate them in the name of the prophet. What? Wrong “religion”. Never mind.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  15. This pastor is a fool and a banana…it’s one of the most reprehensible forms of virtue signaling. This quack deserves a pink belly.

    ropelight (2df382)

  16. Greetings:

    Catholics, perhaps on the other seem, think that forgiveness requires “a firm purpose of amendment” and “avoiding the near occasions of sin”.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  17. Greetings:

    Please consider this comment my apology for the gibberish I rendered in number 17 above. I have called a meeting to discuss whether “a firm purpose of amendment” and/or “avoiding the near occasions of sin” are warranted.

    “Catholics, perhaps on the other hand, seem to think that forgiveness requires “a firm purpose of amendment” and “avoiding the near occasions of sin”.”

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  18. I think the explanation for the vandalism can be found in this 40 second Meatballs clip. Just transpose “society” for “ship”.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. Spaceballs.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  20. Yes, thank you, Leviticus.

    nk (dbc370)

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