Quaker Meetinghouse Construction Site Targeted by Big Labor Arsonists?
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, police have concluded that a December 21 attack on the construction site for a new Society of Friends meetinghouse in the City of Brotherly Love was the work of union militants. The meetinghouse was targeted “because it is being built by nonunion labor,” Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives told the Inquirer.
Police . . . believe that it is unlikely that a random vandal carried out the attack on the Chestnut Hill site, where the steel outline of the future meetinghouse is visible. The vandals used an acetylene torch, which requires a skilled operator who must wear a special mask and gloves.
Employees arriving for work Dec. 21 said they found the site in disarray. The cab of a large, mobile building crane had been completely burned. Vandals had also used the torch to shear off the steel bolts on nearly a dozen columns. Three others were hacked halfway through at the base, as if someone were trying to cut down a tree.
McClay said police had no leads. “There is not a whole lot to go on. There were no witnesses, no video,” he said. The attack has been declared an arson.