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Oregon Bomb Investigation Centers on Controversial Veterans Memorial

Posted in Anti-Christian, Extremist Crime by Bill Morlin on September 11, 2013 - 11:50 am
1972 Vietnam Memorial in Coos Bay, Ore.1972 Vietnam Memorial in Coos Bay, Ore photo courtesy of The World

Federal authorities are now involved in the investigation of a minor bombing and the threat of more violence in Coos Bay, Ore., where a Christian cross attached to a Vietnam War memorial is the focus of controversy.

A small improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at the memorial on the evening of Aug. 22, several months after someone spray-painted a dotted line and the words “cut off here” at the base of the cross, The Oregonian reported. The 5 1/2-foot tall monument is in Mingus Park, erected in 1972 under the sponsorship of the Jaycees and Western Bank.

On Sept. 3, Coos Bay firefighters responding to a structure fire found a second, unexploded IED inside The Prayer Chapel, a Coos Bay church that has offered to move the memorial to its property, other media outlets reported. ( continue to full post… )