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Royal Oak church leader fights against hate message from Zoom bombers

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 06:20:05-04

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Rev. Beth Taylor of St. John’s Episcopal Church at 11 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak is calling out Zoom bombers who crashed a service Sunday morning with racial profanities.

“This was an awful attack and we won’t stand for it. We are going to fight against bigotry and hate," Taylor said.

The church, celebrating 100 years in the community, has seen the best in people over the years, and they say they won’t be phased or discouraged by this ugly incident.

“These individuals weren’t part of our community” Taylor said.

After the first incident, she says the hackers interrupted a restart, which made it clear the service had to be canceled. But a lengthy Facebook post set the record straight about what took place.

The church leaders, along with its 300 members, will continue to hold services, but with added security measures in place. On their Facebook page, the church continues to get support from so many people who won’t stand for hatred to be spread.