BLM protesters who stormed NY church services were led by city employee with violent criminal past, reports say

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Emboldened Black Lives Matter protesters stormed a church in New York spewing profanity and hatred, but that was tame compared to the violence that was to come.

The Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y., is lead by a fire and brimstone preacher who freely speaks his mind, even if Pastor John Koletas’ message fails to adhere to today’s politically correct standards.

On Sunday, a small group of BLM activists stormed the small church in an attempt to take over the service, with one calling an usher boy a “dumb f*ck” as the rest begin to chant “Black Lives Matter.”

Supported by the media, pop culture and corporate America, the radically left Black Lives Matter movement knows no bounds, and they regularly take control of streets in one Democrat-run city after another.

But churches appear to be a new domain.

The church, under fire last month for an AR-15 giveaway, saw members pulled from its steps Sunday and pummeled by the violent BLM activists:

Ironically, as police intervene one of the organizers can be heard saying, “We aren’t here for violence!”

Here’s another video capturing the chaos, as cops stand by — largely emasculated by Democrats and their media enablers, law enforcement has been rendered little more than bystanders intervening only to stop assaults in progress.

Anything more and they will be vilified on the nightly news and in the newspapers.

The tweet identifies a ringleader of the mob as Lukee Forbes, who the social media user said works for Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan — Forbes is reportedly a program assistant for the city.

The Albany Times Union identified Forbes, who has a violent criminal past, as a vocal advocate in the region’s Black Lives Matter movement.

The paper featured him in an article Monday: “Lukee is a speaker and lecturer who mentors and outreaches to young people by sharing his personal story of redemption.”

Yet, from a 2014 Times Union article:

For the second time in four years, Lukee Forbes is headed to prison for being part of the near-deadly beating of a man with a tree limb.

A judge sentenced Forbes, 19, to 3 to 9 years in prison on Wednesday for the vicious July 13, 2010, attack on Louis Stelling, then 30 years old, near Morris and Robin streets. Stelling was beaten and robbed as he walked home from the 2010 Capital Pride Parade during gay pride week.


To be clear, the church has black members. In the video below, a black family must be escorted through the raging mob to attend service:

Former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka responded to a tweet sharing the first video, characterizing the radical mob as “Godless Marxists.”

As for Pastor Koletas, he speaks the truth as he sees it with conviction, consequences be damned.

The Times Union reported in 2017 the preacher’s message “sows division and fear.”

The article highlighted Koletas talking about black churches.

“The problem we’re having in America — you listen to me good — the black churches, they don’t preach against fornication, they don’t preach against adultery no more, they don’t preach against gambling no more, they don’t preach against liquor no more,” the pastor said.

“They don’t preach against heresy no more,” he continued. “And so you have — listen to me good — black America sitting in black pews who are rebelling against God. And it’s coming out of the church pews into the streets.”

The paper mocked his message, which ultimately was about personal responsibility

“They don’t preach about personal responsibility,” Koletas said. “They don’t tell them how to get a job. They don’t tell them to live right with God. And so what you see is a bunch of thugs out there that are blaming everybody else.”

He later explained the intent of his message: “The black culture in America, the inner cities, I think it’s a direct result of the lack of Bible teaching — it’s a direct correlation.”


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