On Easter Sunday, hacker spews hate speech during sermon at San Jose church that was site of fatal 2020 stabbing spree

SAN JOSE — A local pastor is asking the public for help after an Easter sermon being streamed on Zoom was interrupted by a hacker who began shouting racist slurs and threats of violence against Black people, Jews, and LGTBQ people.

The hacker infiltrated an Easter Sunday sermon at the Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, which last November was the site of a horrific fatal stabbing spree that left two dead and three wounded. During a sermon last Sunday, at least one person being shouting the n-word, followed by other slurs and violent rhetoric.

The hate speech continued for roughly five minutes before church staff ended the Zoom broadcast.

In a Facebook post showing the incident, Senior Pastor George Oliver said it was not lost on him that the church is “probably about the most progressive Baptist church in San Jose.”

“So to subject my members to this, several of them African-American, many of them senior citizens worshipping safely from home, during our first outdoor service, is outrageous and egregious,” Oliver said in the post. “The tape speaks for itself.”

Oliver asked anyone who recognizes the voice of the culprit to come forward.

A San Jose police spokesman didn’t immediately respond to inquiries about whether authorities are investigating the incident.

Last November, a man and a woman were killed — and three other people were injured — during an event at the church intended to give homeless people a warm place to stay during the winter cold. A suspect was arrested in connection with the attack, which made national headlines and shocked church staff and volunteers.

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Author: Nate Gartrell

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