Apr 07, 2021
Hackers Disrupt San Jose Churchs Online Easter Service with Profanity, Racist Hate Speech
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SAN JOSE (KPIX) — San Jose Police are investigating a hate crime against a San Jose Baptist church after suspects hacked into their online Easter services and unleashed a flurry of profane racist and homophobic comments.
The incident happened on Sunday, April 4, during a Zoom livestream of Grace Baptist Church’s Easter services.READ MORE: Vaccine Passports Being Looked At For More Than Just Travel
“What happened to us on Easter Sunday Morning was unconscionable,”
said Reverend George Oliver.
He had just opened the service for anyone online to ask for prayers when the intruders crashed in with loud music and a lengthy string of profanity and n-words.
“Yo, what’s up my n—– monkey noises,” one of the hackers is heard saying on a recording of the incident.
Parishioners tried to get the intruders to stop, but it only got worse with attacks on Jews and LGBTQ’s.
“I am an out, gay, Black man. I was preaching in front of a rainbow banner, and that’s the day they chose to bombard this church with anti-Semitic rants; with homophobic and transphobic rants and racist rants against African Americans and the Latinx community,” Rev. Oliver said. “This is uncalled for and we demand justice.”
Zoom security tracked down the emails of the intruders and blocked them from the platform.
The company are also working with the San Jose Police Department, which is investigating the incident as a hate crime.READ MORE: Latino Community Foundation Invests Philanthropic Dollars In Businesses, Future Leaders & More
“To hear our youth spewing such hate really tells you how deep the white supremacy and hate is in this community,” said Grace Baptist Church parishioner Beija Gonzalez.
The incident comes just four months after five people were stabbed, two fatally, by a mentally ill person in a part of the church providing services to the homeless.
James Chelley, a parishioner who survived being stabbed three times, told KPIX this verbal attack is testing his faith even more than the physical violence he experienced.
“It has been easier to forgive the person who stabbed me physically than it is to forgive someone with this amount of hate. Because the person who
stabbed me was not in his right mind. But these people online are just filled with hatred,” said James Chelley.
Pastor Oliver said the hate won’t change his ministry, which serves some of the most vulnerable in the San Jose community.
“This church was selected; this pastor was selected. This community was selected for a specific reason. We will resist that reason and put our faith back on full public display,” he said.
Besides the racist comments, the hackers also made threats of violence. And they apparently didn’t bother to cover their faces.MORE NEWS: Suspect Arrested In Fatal Double Shooting In El Sobrante
One viewer in Arizona sent the church a witness statement saying the hackers
appeared to be teenage boys.
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Wolves 1 Sheff Utd 0: Blades relegated after torrid season as Willian Jose lands final blow
WOLVES supplied the first jabs which dumped the Blades on their backsides in their opening game of the season in September.
Last night they delivered the fateful knock-out blow which relegated Sheffield United and sent them hurtling out of the Premier League.11John Fleck and Co show their dejection as thy see Sheffield United go downCredit: Dave Thompson Telegraph Media Group 11Interim manager Paul Heckingbottom consoles Sheffield United' midfielder Kean BryanCredit: AFP 11Keeper Aaron Ramsdale feels the pain after Sheffield United's relegation is confirmedCredit: Reuters 11willian Jose slots the winner for Wolves on 58 minutes that sent the Blades downCredit: Reuters
Willian Jose's first Wolves goal finally put Paul Heckingbottoms lightweights out of their misery, after spending so much of this nightmare season on the ropes.
In hindsight the Blades never recovered from the shock of conceding two goals in the opening six minutes to Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss on Matchday One.
Those sucker-punches at Brammall Lane opened up gaping wounds which never healed.
From that moment on the Blades have been playing catch-up - only to keep slipping up.
Toothless in attack, porous and brittle at the back, it's been one long slog for the South Yorkshire strugglers.
When you fail to win any of your first 17 games and have only two points on the board, you know exactly how the story ends.
If anyone needed a reminder of why the Blades will be back in the Championship next season, it only took a matter of seconds last night to sum up their plight.11Oliver Norwood reacts to Sheffield United's inevitable relegation becoming officialCredit: Reuters 11Enda Stevens finds the big drop hard to take for the BladesCredit: Jamie McPhilimey - The Sun 11Aaron Ramsdale already has that sinking feeling after conceding Adama Traore's openerCredit: Dave Thompson Telegraph Media Group
United weren't quite throwing the kitchen sink at Wolves - more a plastic basin - but you get the drift. They were in the ascendancy.
Then David McGoldrick provided a peach of a low cross which left Wolves defence spread-eagle and Enda Stevens steamed in to provide the final touch.
However his low drilled shot was brilliantly blocked by Nelson Semedo - and you can probably guess the rest!
Wolves countered at speed, the ball was shifted to Leo Dendoncker and Kean Bryan recklessley dived in to leave his defence horribly exposed.
Dendoncker sprang Adama Traore who pinned back his ears, sped past John Egan and centred for Willian Jose to clip the ball high past Ramsdale from five yards.
To their credit the Blades responded but Enda Steven's rocket was tipped over by Patricio, who also defied Ollie Norwood when he shot straight at him.
Sheff U have only managed to muster 17 Premier League goals all season - last night was the 18th game they have failed to score in.
It's not rocket science to see why.
They headed for Molineux like condemned men walking the green mile.11Striker David McGoldrick wears a familiar look for Blades' players at the final whistleCredit: PA 11Adama Traore usually flies down the winger but this time it was up in the airCredit: AP 11Wolves wideman lands awkwardly under the challenge of Enda StevensCredit: Getty
Newcastle's lunchtime win against West Ham meant the trapdoor had opened beneath them.
To their credit they came out swinging and did their best to prolong their stay of execution.11And how it all ended up - with Adama Traore in a vertical pile on the floorCredit: AFP
But despite working their tails off it was Wolves who created the best chance of the first half too.
Rayan Ait-Nouri's corner was chested down by Willian Jose and Willy Boly's improvised backheel flick spun off a defender and looped over Aaron Ramsdale.
Somehow Ollie Norwood stretched every sinew to head the ball off the line with the aid of the crossbar.
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