The Brown County Sheriff’s Department says it’s forwarded a report of vandalism at a Bean Blossom church to a state investigator who’s part of a hate crime task force.
Someone spray painted the words “Heil Trump”, a swastika, and an anti-gay slur on the exterior of St. David’s Episcopal Church over the weekend.
“My initial thought I was a little disheartened and saddened because of the messages,” says Mother Kelsey Hutto, the Priest at St. David’s. “But then the second thought and the one that I like to focus on the most is the fact that we were targeted for a reason. That we’re doing something right.”
Mother Hutto says the church was likely targeted because of its inclusiveness.
“We accept all members,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what color you are, where you’re from, or who you love. We accept you. We respect the dignity of every human being and I think that’s why we were targeted.”
The church calls the vandalism an “act of separation” and hopes that people can come together in the coming days and weeks.
Police say they don’t have any suspects at this time. They don’t think the vandalism is related to any other crimes in Brown County.
“This act does not reflect the values of the people of Brown County, who are generally very tolerant, except to people who commit crimes of this nature,” Sheriff Scott Southerland said in a statement.
This comes after pedestrians found swastikas and “KKK” spray painted along a walking trail in Bloomington last Friday.