Several churches hit by vandals in north St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There's been another case of church vandalism in St. Louis. Bricks and chunks of concrete were hurled through priceless stained glass windows at Memorial Baptist Church next to Fairground Park in north St. Louis.

On Tuesday, Fox 2 told you about satanic graffiti at the Eastern Star Baptist Church about a mile and a half away. This time, massive stained glass windows that had remained intact for 84 years, were shattered.

Memorial Baptist’s Pastor Joffre Swinney said he’d heard of recent vandalism at two more nearby churches. A brick and three chunks of concrete were hurled through the windows either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, he said. One was tossed with such force, it broke the chandelier half-way across the church ceiling, sending the crystals flying.

Yet, the message Swinney took from it all came from the scene depicted in the broken window: Christ reaching out to children.

“Suffer not little children to come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven,” he said quoting scripture as he looked at the damage. “We’re here to talk. Let’s resolve the problem. Let’s don’t go around our community destroying our community, especially the church…we forgive you. We forgive you. We just ask that you just stop destroying your community… that’s what Jesus would do.”

Fox 2 has yet to confirm damage at the other two churches. The damage is in thousands of dollars Memorial Baptist. The church is insured. The windows will be repaired, he said.

The recent cases brought to mind the fires set at seven St. Louis churches last Fall. A suspect is awaiting trial.