White Supremacist Church Burns in North Dakota

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A fire that destroyed a church recently purchased by a well-known white supremacist terrorist in a small North Dakota town is currently under investigation.

The church, located in Nome, North Dakota, was recently purchased by Craig Cobb, who tried to set up a whites-only enclave in another part of the state, according to BBC.

The fire was reported on Wednesday afternoon and the structure was destroyed by the time fire crews arrived on the scene.

Cobb is convinced the fire at his church was “100% arson”.

He told WDAY-TV, a Fargo-based news station, that he is offering a reward of $2,000 to anyone with any information related to the incident. Cobb said this was a direct attack on his life, even though local residents said that it appeared Cobb had not yet moved into the 108-year-old building.

He says the gas and electric utilities had not been hooked up, so the fire could not have been accidental.

The blaze occurred on the same day that news of the sale appeared on the front page of the Fargo Forum newspaper.

The North Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office is helping with the investigation.

Cobb said he is considering opening a new church in honor of President Trump, who has become somewhat of a hero to white supremacists in the U.S.

He says he might open a new church called “the President Donald J Trump Church of Rome”, not Nome, the town located about 70 miles southwest of Fargo.

Cobb is one of the best known white supremacists in North America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

In 2011, he began buying run-down properties in the tiny town of Leith, just southwest of Bismarck, North Dakota, with the plan of turning it into an Aryan stronghold.

In 2014 he was sentenced to four years of supervised probation for terrorizing Leith.

Anti-Fascist groups are rejoicing at the destruction of what was to be a house of hatred for the white supremacist leader and his minions.  But it looks like he will be rebuilding, probably with insurance money, a new church that is set up to honor another famous American bigot, Donald Trump.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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