Two Episcopal Churches Vandalized With Racist Messages

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Content Warning: racist, antisemitic, and homophobic language used in vandalism.

Episcopal churches in Maryland and Indiana were vandalized with pro-Trump, racist messages last night. In Silver Spring, Maryland, the Church of Our Savior, Hillandale found “Trump nation whites only” scrawled in rough black letters on a brick wall in their memorial garden and on the back of the banner advertising their Spanish-language services. The banner was also slashed. St. David’s Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana was spray painted with a swastika and the phrases “fag church” and “heil Trump.”

Church of Our Savior, Hillandale is one of the most diverse churches in the Diocese of Washington, and is in a predominantly Latinx neighborhood. The hateful message came as a huge shock, but the community pulled together this afternoon for the regular Spanish-language mass, which was reportedly “jam packed” according to the Facebook page of the Diocese of Washington. With Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, attendees wrote messages of love on the sidewalk in chalk and covered the vandalism with signs saying “love wins.”

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Messages of love and solidarity written in chalk on the sidewalk outside of the Church of Our Savior, Hillandale.

At St. David’s in Bean Blossom, they have left the messages up in hopes of fostering dialogue. “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. We will continue to live out our beliefs and acceptance of all people and respecting the dignity of every human being,” reads the statement on their Facebook page. Bean Blossom is a small community south of Indianapolis, in Brown County.

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Vandalism on the walls of St. David’s Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
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Gregory Orloff
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Gregory Orloff

Nothing quite says "Make America Great Again" like reverting to the very ideologies, slogans and symbols of hate that America fought tooth and nail in World War II to the tune of over 400,000 Americans fallen in battle -- plus more than one million Americans wounded. How very patriotic! (Sarcasm alert.)

God, have mercy on our country and our world.

And keeps us mindful that there is no Christianity without loving neighbor, loving enemy and treating others the same way we want them to treat us, as your Son Christ Jesus commanded.

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Greg
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Greg

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Well said. Mind if I borrow that?

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Gregory Orloff
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Gregory Orloff

By all means, do. It is a sick irony that the swastika has been appearing all over America precisely on Veterans Day weekend at this time in history when the "Greatest Generation" of Americans that fought against that symbol are growing old and passing on. Apparently they didn't feel it was a totem of American values. How dangerous it is for us to forget our history!

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Jim Jordan
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Jim Jordan

These sorts of incidents, unless the greater society vigorously condemns them, will grow unchecked into greater violence and repression.

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David Carver
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David Carver

I'm pleased to hear, at least, that our reputation as a "fag church" has grown enough for ignorant vandals to be aware of it; It means we're doing something right. All too often are people (even a gender studies professor of mine) unaware of LGBT-affirming Christianity except in the vaguest sense. May the community at St. David's turn this incident to a greater purpose, and help ever more "fags" discover a spiritual home that respects their human dignity!

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Jane Herr
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Jane Herr

God bless you for your message.
from a member of St. David's

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Christi Caughey
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Christi Caughey

Amen, David.

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John Rich
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John Rich

As a vestry member, the subject of congregation safety must be discussed and a plan of action developed. Local police are usually a good resource and happy to work with parishes.

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David Carver
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David Carver

I feel like if they'd been a serious threat these vandals would have done more than paint a couple slogans under (I presume) cover of night when no one could see or confront them. But I admit, considering what happened at that AME church in Charleston not so long ago... This did make me feel a teensy bit vulnerable.

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Christi Caughey
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Christi Caughey

Thank you for the positive. You made my Sunday. God's blessings on you.

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Christi Caughey
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Christi Caughey

Do you have a fund for the clean up?

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