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Not everyone is benefitting from tech tools these days. A Kansas City, Mo., church was the target of a hate crime this week after its pastor posted a message on Twitter.

Devan Taylor, senior pastor of Beyond the Four Walls Church International, says his first venture into microblogging on Twitter prompted vandals to spray-paint racial slurs on the church's property urging him to leave town. Taylor tweeted in the social media outlet's "Black in America" forum regarding the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and his comment was read on-air by CNN anchor Don Lemon. Taylor says that within minutes he'd received more than 700 responses, many of which included racially derogatory language. The next day he arrived at the church building to discover it covered in similar rhetoric.

"I've been here five years, it's never happened—period," Taylor said of the attacks against his church. "It has never happened to me. I've been living 43 years [and] it's never happened." [fox4kc.com, 7/29/09]

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