Gay-Friendly Indiana Church Vandalized With Anti-Gay, Pro-Trump Graffiti

"Our response is to be joyful and to be loving."

Members of an Indiana church that was vandalized with anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend say they’re leaving the messages intact for now, hoping that “a good discussion can come from the hateful message.”

According to WTHR, St. David’s Episcopal Church parishioners were disappointed to find the graffiti upon arriving for church Sunday morning.

The hate speech spray-painted in black on the sides of the church, which is noted in the community for welcoming LGBT members, included a swastika, as well as the phrases “Heil Trump” and “Fag church.”

Calling the crime “an act of separation,” Rev. Kelsey Hutto urged parishioners to come together and pray for the vandals in a Facebook message Sunday morning.

“We are disappointed that our safe haven has been vandalized but will not let the actions of a few damper our love of Christ and the world,” Hutto wrote.

“We will continue to live out our beliefs and acceptance of all people and respecting the dignity of every human being. We pray for the perpetrators as well as those who the derogatory marks were directed at.”

“Love conquers all hate. And that is our response, is to be joyful and to be loving,” Hutto added, confirming the church would not immediately clean the graffiti from the building.

“I’d like it to be a symbol of hope that there’s a place for you, there’s a place to be welcomed.”

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