Christian Defenders Baselessly Demand DOJ Investigation of Florida Murder

Several weeks ago, two men who were preaching Boynton Beach, Florida were murdered and ever since Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has been convinced that this was an anti-Christian hate crime, claiming without any justification or evidence whatsoever that the crime is proof that a “violent anti-Christian spirit is growing in America” and that the two men were killed “for preaching the gospel.”

Cass eventually got Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition involved and the two groups held a press conference/vigil for the victims last week at which they demanded Attorney General Eric Holder “launch a federal investigation to see if these murders broke federal laws or federal civil rights statutes.”

And now Mahoney and Cass have sent a letter to Holder asking for a Department of Justice investigation:

“The gruesome murder of Tire Sifra and Steven Ocean while sharing the Word of God in their neighborhood has raised some very serious civil rights issues,” said Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. “If they were targeted for their exercising their religion then their murder is not simply routine gang violence but raises important matters of civil rights. We have sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation.”

“We are pleading with the city of Boynton Beach, do not sweep the faith issue under the carpet,” Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. “We want the police to ask questions about religious issues involved here. We just don’t want them to say this is just another episode of gang violence.”

Of course, there is no evidence that this crime had anything at all to do with religion:

Faith not a factor, police say … The shooting suspect, Jeriah Woody, 18, turned himself in last week. And a local history of gang violence and revenge killings makes for an attack scenario that requires much less imagination.

One of the dead preachers, Ocean, was arrested outside the Boynton Beach Mall four years ago with a loaded automatic pistol. He was with three other reputed gang members, one of whom was shot dead in the mall a month later on Christmas Eve.

“We have spoken with numerous witnesses, as well as the suspect,” Boynton Beach Police Chief Matt Immler said Friday in a statement, “and at this point we have no reason to believe that the victims’ religious activities or beliefs factored into the commission of this crime.”

So basically, Cass and Mahoney have decided for themselves that this was some sort of anti-Christian hate crime. And based entirely upon their own say so, they are now calling for a Department of Justice investigation in hopes of finding some actual evidence that might justify their groundless claims.

And when the DOJ refuses to carry out the investigation requested, you can rest assured that Cass and Mahoney will declare that decision to be further proof of the Obama administration’s antipathy toward Christians.