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Videos posted on social media show parishioners, both black and white, being harassed and physically assaulted at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York.

The protesters, repeatedly shouting “Black Lives Matter,” even harassed and blocked churchgoers while they were with their young children, using a megaphone to scream at the families, shaming and threatening their parents with calls to CPS, or Child Protective Services.

The assaults, harassment, and protesting have been occurring since at least the end of June, according to the viral videos posted online. The church has refused to close or back down, directing men from the parish to help escort fellow worshipers inside as they are blocked by BLM protesters.

Grace Baptist Church made headlines last month for giving away an AR-15 as a prize for a church raffle. When the giveaway was first reported, Pastor John Koletas told WNYT that the church held it in solidarity with hunters and gun owners who have been “viciously attacked by anti-Christian socialist policies.” One local critic told WRGB at the time that the giveaway exhibited “extreme poor taste,” citing “all of the shootings going on in all of our communities.”

However, it’s unclear if the gun-giveaway is connected to the protests shown in the videos. In the videos, protesters slam the church as “racist” but do not appear to mention the AR-15 giveaway.

In one of the videos, protesters storm the church and repeatedly chant “Black Lives Matter” and a near-fight breaks out. Additionally, one of the protesters yells at a churchgoer, “f*** you.” He responds by saying “Jesus loves you.” The protester replies by telling the man Jesus doesn’t love him.

In other footage, mostly black churchgoers are shamed and screamed at by protesters as they walk into the church. One female protester yells at a black parishioner, “You should be ashamed, sister.”

A young white mother with three kids is also harassed as she tries to enter Grace Baptist. The mother is seen trying to console one of her young sons as he is visibly upset and scared, trying to leave the area.

At one encounter, a churchgoer attempts to go up the steps into Grace Baptist but is held back and physically assaulted by protesters. The pastor of the church gets involved to save the man, who is grossly outnumbered.

The pastor was apparently assaulted during the scuffle, as one protester taunts, “How’s your head feel, pastor?” The pastor was also called “soft” and a “p****.”

“Stop hiding behind your godd*mn religion,” another protester shouted. “This church is racist,” screamed another.

As for the church, Grace Baptist is not backing down.

A Twitter account for the church posted a video of one of the pastors vowing to continue on, refusing to change his messaging or being scared away by the novel coronavirus or the “mob.”

“We will NEVER apologize to the mob!” the video, posted on Monday, is captioned (view below).

“It’s not my fault for preaching the same thing we’ve preached for 33 years,” the pastor says. “It’s not my fault everybody wants to put it online, I don’t care. They can shut us down. I ain’t changing my preaching because we’re [online].”

WATCH the violent protesting, below:

WATCH the response from Grace Baptist:

 

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44 Comments
44 Comments
Harold July 10, 2020
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This why Church's should have armed security, enough is enough,
Adam Selene July 8, 2020
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Trespassing, interrupting a church service and shouting in a church all demonstrate the hate and descrimination against this church and it's congregation. This is a prime example of a "Hate Crime" and is anti-religious, descriminatory, and WRONG is so many ways. The congregation is well within their rights to evict the disruptive trespassing Hate Crime committing persons invadfing their sanctuary !!
Patriot1951 July 8, 2020
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More evidence of BLM/Antifa's War On America. BTW, BLM is funded by the ex-NAZI, George Soros, an old WHITE billionaire.
Marilyn Stern July 8, 2020
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This was not peaceful. This was harassment, pure and simple. Every person with a megaphone, screaming in peoples faces and ears, should have been arrested. What they did could cause hearing damage. I do not understand why they weren't. Not one member of the hate group should have been allowed inside the front door. Members of the church had the right to refuse them entry. I wonder why they didn't.
S July 8, 2020
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At least they aren't murdering black kids like there 'Brothers' are doing everyday in every city....BLM is a hypocritical JOKE that allows scumbags to feel important.
GEORGE EADY July 8, 2020
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THEY SHOULD HAVE KELP THAT AR15 AND USED IT. THAT IS ALL THIS TRASH WILL UNDER STAND . WHEN THEY SEE THERE BLOOD RUNNING ON THE FLOOR . THEY WILL RUN . THERE JEST COWARD BULLYS . AND TO STOP THEM IS TO HURT A FEW .HOPEING A LOT OF VIDEOS OUT ON THIS FOR THE FEDS TO USE TO LOCK THIS TRASH UP . AND THROW AWAY THE KEY
Fran July 8, 2020
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So the Black Panthers and BLM can carry AR15 but we can’t. This is crap they need to be taught a lesson. With Terrorist like this group harassing American citizens everyone needs a weapon to defend their families!!
healbilly July 8, 2020
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going after the first amendment now. we warned this is where they are going. soon you will have no rights left.
Beto July 8, 2020
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Jesus thinks these BLM people are assholes too.
Fran July 8, 2020
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The law only shows up quickly when someone does something to the Terrorist protesters. This is unbelievable!!!! We aren’t safe in our homes are at church. What has happened to our Country and our Freedom?
MissD July 8, 2020
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Time to get serious with the BLM thugs! Start shooting them !! The are useless to society !
Brenda July 8, 2020
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And, what exactly do these protesters’ want to ‘save those kids’ from? It’s those ‘protestors’ who should be going to church to learn about the One and ONLY ONE who will save them...who already has saved them, but they refuse to accept that great gift! Their judgment day will come. Prayers for Christians in this Great Country...stay strong in your faith and He will see us through this nightmare we are living in today!
Lisa July 8, 2020
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Time to buy a gun and learn how to be accurate. Only want to hit the bad guys.
Lm July 8, 2020
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Time to bring guns to church, lots of them. This is unreal. There is a war going on , on American soil. When will the other side, the silent side finally assemble, and engage?
RD July 8, 2020
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Just slap them, punch them, or whatever else it takes. When things start happening to them, they will run away like the gutless cowards they are.
Linda Deutsch July 8, 2020
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So disappointed & disillusioned that the criminals who willfully subvert the freedoms and safety of law abiding citizens are allowed to continue their harassment, filthy slanderous noise pollution, and theft of the freedoms of others. This is a sad comment on our local governments that the "rights" of the oppressive criminal behavior is protected at the expense of the meek law abiding citizens. Heavens forbid the political party promoting liberal protection of oppressive criminal intent at the expense of simple honest law abiding citizens should ever come to power. Passive acceptance constitutes APPROVAL and encouragement! This is NOT the Democratic Party of past decades! I believe J.F. Kennedy & others would be ashamed of what their party has become!
TRUMP 2020 July 8, 2020
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INTERESTING HOW THEY RANT "SAVE THOSE CHILDREN" BUT THEY FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD THAT KILLS BLACK AND WHITE BABIES.
marid July 8, 2020
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My question is how many were arrested.. I didn't see that in the article. Its like the black rioters/invaders/idiots can do anything and civilized white people can't do a damn thing. Stay alert and stay armed.
Patrick Rodgers July 8, 2020
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Not impressed with the inaction by the Police. They should have cleared that mob away from the front of the church the minute they gathered. More examples of Police incompetence in not doing their jobs and the time is rapidly coming where citizens will have to physically respond to the attacks by this rabble.
LST July 8, 2020
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These terrorists should called SBLM, Some Black Lives Matter. The dumb monkeys kill one another off constantly (which isn't a bad thing)
Realetybytes July 8, 2020
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Where are the police. Sue the town in Federal Court for not protecting them. Get pictures and license plates, ID the terrorists and charge them with terrorism and civil rights violations.
Patriot July 8, 2020
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This is terrorism, plain and simple
ERIC July 8, 2020
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I am atheist & shit shot pisses me off! How cowardly too do this shit in front of kids! & why aren't the cops pushing back this mob & arrestint them? F what Commie Cuomo & DeBastardio say! Do your jobs! Does Trump need to enact Martial Law in every city this shit is happening in? I think so! Clearly the asshole politicians ruining these cities & states refuse to do a damn thing about it!
Julie July 8, 2020
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If this is what the left stands for , and YOU vote for this BS , you are nuts! #walkaway from the Democrat Party of hate , racism , division, destruction, looting, burning, assault , murder, toxic waste dump makers, haters of laws and for order, Covid spreaders , aider and abetters of crime, and holders of 99% of the fake propaganda media spreading disease worse than this pandemic !
Art LaPella July 8, 2020
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It isn't a peaceful protest, especially at the end where they started fighting. So where were the cops?
Pat July 8, 2020
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Thank you, pastor, for standing up to the mob! You are a courageous man of God and He will bless you richly for your faithfulness.
Patricia July 8, 2020
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These BLM protesters/trouble makers need to be arrested.
Robert J Lopez July 8, 2020
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All Christians should fight back and not bow down to these losers and atheists who don't love freedom of religion or speech! Arm yourselfs!
Nathan M. July 8, 2020
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Inhuman savages is all these creatures are. Fortunately they're cowards too; they pull this crap in New York, but they'd never dare to try it in "flyover country" where they could eat hot lead for their efforts.
PAULETTE July 8, 2020
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THIS ISNT ABOUT BLM, THIS HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR A LONG TIME,FROM CREATING AND LETTING LOOSE A VIRUS TO KILLING A BLACK MAN ON VID IN A HORRIFIC WAY DURING A COUNTRY WIDE LOCK DOWN WHEN PEOPLE TEMPERS ARE UP, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF PERSECUTION,THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED TO HATE AMERICA,AMERICANS,THE CHURCH ANY THING THEY DONT AGREE ON. THIS IS THE LEFTS DOING THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE RAISED UP IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THEY PLAN ON GETTING WORSE,AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED I COULD CARE LESS IF KIDS EVEN GO BACK TO SCHOOL,MAYBE SOME WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WAKE UP.OH YEA AND IT SURE TOOK LONG ENOUGH FOR THE COPS TO DO SOMETHING., REBELLION,WITCHCRAFT,EVERY EVIL WORK GOING ON HERE. GOD HELP US.I MYSELF WOULD HAVE HAD A GUN
Matt July 8, 2020
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Atheist scum attacks churches. They are being sent by the devil.
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