An arson case near Erie, PAÂ is now a federal hate crime. The Ohio man accused of setting the fire has officially been indicted on federal hate crime charges.
Ronald Pudder, 23, was indicted on two felony counts of damaging the church because of bias as well as arson. The church that Pudder is accused of setting fire to is the First Azusa Apostolic Faith Church of God located between Cleveland and Erie, PA. The church is the townâ€™s only black church.
Hate Crimes are Cancer of the Soul
The hate crime charges are an effort to help prevent copycat crimes. It is especially important with such debate over religion and practicing it freely in the U.S. right now. It is easy for certain aspects of the debate to cross the line into a hate crime.
This is ridiculous that anyone would set fire to a church for any reason. It is especially egregious that somebody would set fire to a church because of the color of the congregationâ€™s skin. This arson case needs to be prosecuted as a hate crime, and hopefully Pudder is appropriately punished.
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