Complete Story


Feds: Man Tried to Firebomb Ohio Church to Stop Drag Show

The Alliance resident is a member of a 'white lives matter' group

A northeastern Ohio man told investigators that he tried to burn down an Ohio church because he wanted to prevent a drag show that was scheduled to take place there, federal prosecutors allege in newly unsealed charges.

Aimenn Penny, a 20-year-old from Alliance who is a member of a "white lives matter" group that espouses racist and neo-Nazi views, tried to burn down the Community Church of Chesterland early on March 25, authorities allege in court documents unsealed Monday. Chesterland is a small community east of Cleveland.

Drag shows have become a target of conservative groups and leaders around the nation, with some claiming the art form sexually grooms children. Performers and event organizers, though, say the shows are innocent fun and that it's those who protest against them who are terrorizing and harming children and making them political pawns.

Please select this link to read the complete article from The Associated Press.

Printer-Friendly Version