Churches in Indiana, Maryland Vandalized with Trump-inspired Slurs

(Photo: Provided by Kelsey Hutto)
(Photo: Provided by Kelsey Hutto)

St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom was vandalized sometime Saturday night.

Vandals painted tags on the walls, depicting a swastika, an anti-gay slur and “Heil Trump.”

And in Silver Spring, Md., a sign advertising the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour’s Spanish-language service also was vandalized Saturday night, according to the communications team at the church.

The sign was cut in several different places and the words “Trump nation. Whites only.” were written on the back and on the wall of the parish’s memorial garden.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of Episcopal Diocese of Washington gathered with church members and priests to stand in solidarity at the church in the wake of this incident.

In Indiana, the Rev. Kelsey Hutto, priest in charge at St. David’s Episcopal Church, said she was disheartened after finding the graffiti on the walls of the church Sunday morning. But her next thought was more positive.

“Well, we must be doing something right,” Hutto said she thought. “We stated one time that doing the right thing was not always the popular thing. We were targeted for a reason, and in our mind it was for a good reason.”

As Christians, Hutto said they need to respond to hateful acts with love and joy. That’s what God calls on them to do, no matter what color people are, where they came from or who they love.

They just need to respect the differences of every human being, she said.

Since Election Day, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation across the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And the rise in hate crimes since the election appears to be worse than what happened after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The vandalism at the church, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis, comes days after students in vice president-elect Mike Pence’s hometown taunted other students by chanting “build that wall.”

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SOURCE: Kara Berg
The Indianapolis Star