KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Vandals left a message overnight for a Kansas City church to find.
Someone vandalized a display of doors on the front lawn of the Kansas City United Church of Christ in Brookside. The doors are painted like a rainbow and include the message “God’s doors are open to everyone.”
The vandals painted over part of that message with spray paint and included a different message that included the word “repentance.”
People living in the neighborhood expressed sadness over the vandalism.
“I was shocked that someone would be so unkind. I was like we should probably do something to fix it and make it look nice again,” Stephanie Switzer.
The church added the display in June after someone vandalized a rainbow flag displayed on its marquee.
“We don’t put this out for ourselves, we put it out for other people. So other people can know it’s safe and OK to be a queer person or be whoever you are. So we are going to keep doing it,” Emily Scott, Kansas City United Church of Christ, said.
Thursday morning the church community and other volunteers showed up on the lawn to try to wipe out hate for a second time in less than three months.
“It’s just sad that there are people in this day and age that feel the need to project their own mindset to everyone else,” Switzer said.
The volunteers sanded off the hateful message and repainted the doors with one of acceptance to make sure everyone knows they will be welcome inside the church.
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