I hate to continue the recent spate of Mormon-related posts, but it’s important to share this news:
Police are looking for a man caught on tape trying to set fire to the Los Angeles Temple Church of Latter-Day Saints church.
The man walked onto the church property, located at 10777 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles, around 10:30 a.m. on Many 17.
He had combustible material inside a backpack and thermo cup, according to police.
The man wasn’t able to get inside the locked church doors, but three hours later, a suspicious fire broke out in a garden on the church property.
Police described the suspect as Middle Eastern or of Asian Indian decent and in his late 20s. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans.
I sure hope that this was not a reaction to the LDS Church’s involvement in Proposition 8 (and we currently have no reason to suspect that it is). But whatever the would-be arson’s motive was, it was a bad one.
The Los Angeles temple would not have been the first temple destroyed by fire. An arson burned down the Nauvoo temple in 1848. And in 2003, the Apia Samoa temple was also destroyed by fire, though no foul play was involved. The Logan temple nearly joined this list, when in 1917 a fire damaged much of its southeast stairway.