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Sister Louisa's Church Rises Again after Hate Crime

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Early Saturday morning, vandals broke into Old Fourth Ward bar Sister Louisa's Church. The criminals stole nothing of value, including cash that was left out in plain view, but they smashed the front doors and windows, left beer taps running, and broke liquor bottles. The police and Sister Louisa's owner Grant Henry believe that what happened was a hate crime, since the glass on the storefront that was damaged had the word "church" on it and the behind the bar where Henry stores liquor is referred to as "the altar."

Though the bar is popular, there are people who find its decor and the fact that its run by an openly gay former seminary student to be sacrilegious and offensive. Henry told Atlanta Magazine, "I don't feel like a victim at all. It's a sign that I'm doing the right thing." By Saturday evening, the windows and doors were fixed, and all was right in the Church once again.
· Sister Louisa's Church Vandalized, Owner Says the Bar Was Targeted [Atlanta Magazine]
· Sister Louisa's Church [Official Site]

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