Police investigating a “bias crime” against five churches in Buffalo:
Police believe the same person broke into St. Francis Xavier and destroyed a number of windows at the 7th Day Adventist Church. The other churches were plastered with signs making reference to Jesus being gay and other offensive comments.
“When we arrived on Sunday and saw this poster with a lot of inflammatory language about Jesus, we took it down and called the police,” Jarvis said.
Buffalo Police Chief Mitch Weintzel said the signs contained homosexual overtones and derogatory comments that any Christian person would find offensive as relating to Jesus.
Victims say it’s clear whoever left the signs was trying to send a message. Now, investigators are trying to find out what that message is.
The vandal(s) hit five churches in Buffalo:
- St. Francis Xavier
- Zion Lutheran
- 7th Day Adventist
- Buffalo Presbyterian
- Hosanna Lutheran
Surveillance footage shows a “person of interest”…
(churches have surveillance cameras? Who knew?)
…and, I guess, a minivan of interest:
Back to the news report:
So far, officials say there is no clear link between the vandalism and the controversial marriage amendment. The churches that were struck differ in their stances and there was no mention of voting on the signs.
“At first, I thought it might have because there was some homosexual language and overtones on the poster — but as I’ve been hearing a little bit more and talking with police about it, we’re doubting that might actually be the issue,” Jarvis said.
Any side bets on which Twin Cities leftyblog the vandal reads?