An Indiana church found themselves the victims of vandals following a “resistance” event in honor of the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump taking office. While the event was certainly disappointing and frightening, the church will continue on their mission.
Unitarian Universalist Church, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, found they had been visited by vandals when parishioners began to arrive on the morning of Sunday, January 21, 2018. On the fence surrounding the church were to have filled banners that had been tied down. The language included was file and disgusting. One banner referenced the massacre that happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016 where 49 people were killed as well as the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas just this past year. The second banner referenced singer/songwriter Jackson Browne and included racist as well as homophobic slurs. The two banners seem to have no real connection other than Jackson Browne was scheduled to perform that same week in Orlando and Browne is known for his very progressive ideals. Unedited photos were posted to the churches social media pages and can be seen in the original Huffington Post article.
Suzan Windnagel, the first churchgoer to find the banners, immediately called 911 due to the extreme hate filled nature of the banners. Mayor John Dennis of West Lafayette responded to the incident on social media that same day saying that his community was a welcoming one and he wanted it to stay that way. He also discussed that the local police were working all angles looking for any information about the banners.
Currently, the local law enforcement is disappointed to say they have very few leads. In light of this occurrence, Orlando increased security for Browne’s performance.