Pro-gay marriage church egged, ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ scrawled on walls

Gay-friendly US church was the victim of vandals as Minnesota readies to officially legalize same-sex marriage '

Pro-gay marriage church egged, ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ scrawled on walls
04 June 2013

A pro-gay marriage church in the US was vandalized, egged, with ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ scrawled on the walls.

The congregation of Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove, Minnesota were flocking to attend the small community church, but was greeted with anti-gay graffiti.

Church staff believes it was a backlash after they backed the Minnesota same-sex marriage bill, which will be made officially law on 1 August.

‘We are a very progressive voice in Maple Grove,’ Pastor Robin Raudabaugh told local news outlet Kare 11. ‘This was a very hate-filled act.’

Maple Grove police officials have told the church staff that they will keep a closer watch around the building, as volunteers have lined up to clean up the mess.

 ‘Some people wonder if our message is getting out,’ Raudabaugh added. ‘But this proves that people do hear us.’

Long-time member Karen Udstrand described it as ‘very disappointing’, saying: ‘Violence or defaming someone’s church is not a very Christian attitude.’

Of the 135 United Church of Christ congregations in Minnesota, this is the only reported anti-gay vandalism.

‘The church of Sodom’ and The church of Gomorrah’, scrawled on the walls of the Minnesota church, refers to the Biblical cities. Many believe they were destroyed to God’s judgment on homosexuality.

While it is one interpretation, some scholars have argued the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah to be a lack of hospitality, violence and adultery.

The vandals also scrawled ‘Lev 18:22′, which the King James Bible states as saying: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.’

Other acts considered an abomination by the Bible includes wearing garments of different threads, planting different crops side by side and working on the Sabbath.

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