Michael Brown's church burned to the ground during the first night of the Ferguson riots. The Flood Christian Church pastor blames white supremacists for the fire that destroyed the house of worship. The Missouri church attended regularly by the Mike Brown family is located about three miles from downtown Ferguson, where more than one dozen buildings were leveled by intentional blazes after the Darren Wilson decision was read on Monday evening.
Pastor Carlton Lee said it was not Ferguson decision protesters but white supremacists who likely burned down the Flood Christian Church, where the Michael Brown family attended.
"I'm very vocal in regards to the Michael Brown case," Pastor Lee told the media, adding that he has received 71 death threats.
The Flood Christian Church is reportedly the only, or one of the few, buildings destroyed by fire after the Ferguson decision. The Ferguson church is located in a "remote" section of Country Club Hills. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Mike Brown's stepfather, Louis Head, was captured on video in the moments following the public reading of the Ferguson decision. Lesley McSpadden's husband shouted, "Burn this b***h down" multiple times in the now viral video.
Reverend Carlton Lee told NBC News that he feels his church was a target for white supremacists because he had repeatedly and publicly called for the arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
"The police called and told me the church was on fire. I was in complete disbelief. I didn't think anyone would set a church on fire," Reverend Lee said. "I feel like one of my children has died. I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church – getting the church built from the ground up. To see that is was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking."
Michael Brown Sr. was "just devastated again" about the burning of the Flood Christian Church, according to Reverend Lee. The Ferguson pastor said that he has known the Brown family for several years since officiating their wedding at his church. Just this past Sunday, Pastor Carlton Lee baptized Michael Brown Sr. his wife, Cal, and their children. The baptism was not performed at the Ferguson church which just burned. The religious ceremony was reportedly planned several months ago, and Michael Brown Jr. was slated to attend.
Reverend Lee says Michael Brown was a "fun loving guy to be around," and referred to him as a "big jokester." The Flood Christian Church pastor added, "Sunday, we do the baptism, Monday, the church is on fire. It just doesn't add up. We rebuild. We do not stop."
What do you think about the Michael Brown family church being burned to the ground? Was the Flood Christian Church a case of arson by Ferguson decision looters or white supremacists?
[Image via: NBC News]