Puyallup WA's Motion Church on Friday cancelled an upcoming event with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, claiming that it wasn't safe to hold the event due to what was going to be a lack of police protection in the wake of threats against Kirk and the church.
The event was billed as "An afternoon with Charlie Kirk" and was slated for May 2, 2021 at 1:00pm, and was to be held at the church's Puyallup campus, just south of Seattle.
Reproduced here below is the video of Roger Archer, the church's senior pastor, explaining recent events which led to their reluctant decision to cancel the event, which the church's site still lists as sold out.
Says Archer in the video:
"Radical terrorist mobs, like the ones who rioted on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, they sprung into action. They sprung with threatening declarations. They vowed to not only burn our properties to the ground, they but also brought threats of physical threats against our church leadership, our neighbors, their property, and basically wreak havoc in our community – this precious community that we love.
"I’m sitting here wondering what to do. What recent history has taught us is there’s an apparent lack of interest at the state level of leadership to protect decent, taxpaying citizens. Those terrorist mobs know that there is no consequence for their lawlessness. They have nothing to lose and nothing to fear.
"Therefore, it is for the safety of my precious city and our precious church people that I have heartbreakingly cancelled our event with Mr. Kirk. Our deepest apologies go out to Mr. Kirk and his organization. He deserves much better from our state leadership, but, unfortunately, this is where we are. I will not put soft targets in harm’s way. I will not subject our community to destruction. And since our governor will not protect us we must take this course of action.
"This is a sad commentary of our state of affairs, however, this only makes me more determined to to love and lead our community in new and creative ways. I want you to remember this, Motion Church: Love always wins."