A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.
Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.
It wasn’t the first time the church was targeted – on Thursday someone took the church’s rainbow flag and flew it upside-down on the flagpole – a traditional way of desecrating a flag in the United States, while another rainbow flag and flagpole were damaged and stolen in March of this year.
The members of Lower Miami Church of the Brethren voted to become LGBTI affirming and Pastor Erbauth told 2News WDTN she fears this is why the church is being targeted.
‘We’re just saddened by this completely,’ she said, ‘Because for us, God is love.
‘We’re all about if we disagree let’s talk. But let’s not do this. This is hateful, this is mean, and this is ugly.’
Police are still investigating the latest incident.