Texas police are looking into the firebombing of the Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Plano, which has been designated as a “Welcoming Congregation” by the Unitarian Universalist Association because it welcomes “people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life.”
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria describes unitarian universalism as “a liberal religion that embraces many different spiritual traditions. It is not concentrated on particular theological concepts like other faiths are. The pursuit for truth can take many different forms for Unitarian Universalists.
Church officials said in a statement posted on Facebook that between 12 and 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, “an incendiary device” struck the structure. They completed their church session under police protection hours later.
“An incendiary device containing a chemical accelerant was hurled towards or planted near the main church building’s entrance. The building’s monitored fire alarm system went off due to the fire and smoke, alerting church staff, according to the statement.
It was discovered that a bystander who was present at the location of the attack saw the fire and called the local police for assistance, which helped to minimize the building’s damage.
The fire was put out by City of Plano firefighters when they arrived on the site. The damage to the church property was contained to the front doors, the materials just outside the front doors, and the entry foyer due to Plano’s First Responders’ prompt action, according to the religious organization.
“Members of the Plano Police and Fire Departments meticulously collected evidence from the crime site. In order to evaluate the situation, they also spoke with many church employees who had come on the scene, the statement continued.
The Attack Did Not Result In Any Injuries
The Christian Post reached out to no one who was immediately accessible to address the attack on Monday, but the religious organization said in its statement that it had been working on expanding security.
What the so-called hate organization is called and what actions they are accused of committing are not immediately evident. A Plano Police Department representative informed The Dallas Morning News that arson detectives are investigating into who carried out the assault and whether more than one individual was involved.
Despite the firebombing, worshippers continued on Sunday under the close supervision of Plano Police Department officers.