Bomb thrown at anti-gay church amid same-sex marriage protests

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A suspected IED bomb exploded outside an anti-gay church in Los Angeles that was vocal about its condemnation of same-sex marriages.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed a bomb was thrown at The First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California on Saturday Jan 23.

It referenced the bombing as an “IED attack” and said it would be working with the local police force on the case.

Nobody was injured in the explosion, but the church was reportedly ransacked inside and the windows had been blown out from "some type of explosion."

Detectives have said they're investigating whether the bomb was "motivated in any way by hate" but did not confirm the attack as a "possible hate crime."

The church had been the site of protests in recent weeks following its condemnation of same-sex marriages and anti-gay views.

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According to SGTV, the First Works Baptist Church had been threatened with an arson attack earlier on in January.

The El Monte Police Department said: "Anytime a house of worship is attacked, we will respond.

"If it was motivated in any way by hate, that’s always a working theory when a house of worship is attacked, although that has not been confirmed."

Lieutenant. Christopher Cano told local media: "When our units arrived at the scene they found that the church … was having some smoke come out of the windows.

"It appeared that the walls to the church had been vandalised as well as all the windows.

"The windows appeared at first to be smashed, then we realised that the windows were not smashed, that they had actually blown out from some type of explosion."

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First Works Pastor Bruce Mejia said in an interview that his doctrine includes the condemnation of same-sex relationships on January 11.

He then received a threat of arson on social media, which he logged with police, sparking outrage within the local community.

On its Facebook page on Saturday morning, the church posted two Bible verses that talked about turning the "wicked into hell" and said "vengeance is mine."

The verses, taken from Psalm and Romans, said: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written: Vengeance is mine. I will repay, saith the Lord."

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