BRIGHTON, MI – A Brighton-area church service celebrated on Zoom Sunday has been infiltrated by non-church members who have started posting white supremacist images angrily and making racist threats against the minister from the church.
White supremacists zoomed in on online church services hosted by Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton on Sunday, February 14, as Reverend Julie Brock spoke to her congregation about civil rights struggles and achievements in the United States, said Brock at MLive / The Ann Arbor News Friday February 19.
“It was totally unexpected,” said Brock. “The services were going well, then when I started talking about civil rights, a bunch of KKK images started showing up at the Zoom meeting. My administrator was able to remove them quickly, but then I started receiving direct threat messages.
The infiltration started as a single person logged in, disguised using the name of a church member, followed by a flood of requests from non-members to join Zoom services, Brock said.
The church has performed services using Zoom since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and saw no problems until this incident, Brock said.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the Zoom bombing.
In the aftermath of the Zoom bombing, Brock wrote an open letter to those responsible for the incident, forgiving them for their actions and offering an open dialogue if they wished to speak to him.
“To the people who virtually attacked my church this past weekend, I am sorry for everything that has happened that filled you with hatred. I don’t know who hurt you enough to make you want to threaten someone you’ve never met, but I want you to know you deserve better, ”she wrote.
“There is no dignity in the way you have behaved. I believe you can do better. There is more love somewhere. Please continue until you find it. I’m here if you get lost on the way.
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