Antifa continued its destructive onslaught in Portland, Oregon, last week amidst election delays, as one of its rioters smashed Saint Andre Bessette Church – with the violence and destruction causing it to shut down its service of regularly providing meals and supplies for local homeless people.
A mob from the radical left group targeted the church in the name of its "social justice" protest.
“Saint Andre Bessette Church was hit by vandalism during last night’s riot,” the local KOIN News station tweeted Thursday. “Three of the front windows were smashed. All hospitality services are suspended until they get the building secured. The church provides meals, hygiene and grocery bags for homeless in Portland.”
Besides having to close down its outreach programs for the homeless, KOIN 6 reported that church staff also had to “suspend worship services” because of damage inflicted by the militant group. Now, signs reading, “We are CLOSED for all hospitality services” cover the building, as seen in photos of the destruction posted Wednesday.
Bringing about harm … not justice
Antifa rioters clad in concealing black clothing were caught on surveillance video footage converging on the church.
“Surveillance video shows a crowd of protesters, all wearing black, march past Saint Andre Bessette Church on West Burnside Street when one person rushes up to a door and repeatedly hits the glass with what appears to be a hammer,” KOIN TV reported. “A homeless person sleeping on the doorstep hurries away as the glass shatters.”
According to local reporters, the violence and destruction forced the church’s priest to make the decision to discontinue its assistance to the homeless until further notice.
“Father Tom Gaughan said Thursday that the church had been able to continue its outreach services to the homeless throughout the summer by putting modifications in place that align with COVID-19 restrictions,” local reporters noted, according to CBN News.
“They handed out brown bag lunches and drinks, hygiene kits and grocery bags, but the acts of vandalism during Wednesday night’s demonstrations have changed things.”
Antifa succeeded in its attempt to shut down a place of worship through fear, destruction and intimidation, according to Gaughan.
“The building is compromised because of this, so unfortunately, the actions of this one individual has forced us to cease our outreach, and its hundreds of people we normally give food to – we are not able to because I don’t feel like my staff is safe,” Gaughan told local media.
“I am still waiting to hear from the general contractor about what we can do to try to support the place, but I am not comfortable having people in the building with all the violence happening outside.”
With the attack forcing his congregation from meeting in-person in the sanctuary – to now holding online services over continued safety concerns – Gaughan called upon believers to lift his church, local residents and the homeless community up in prayer.
“We ask for everyone’s prayers for peace in our streets – which is so long overdue – and pray for our sisters and brothers who call the streets and shelters home,” he pleaded.