Lansing Church vandalized with anti-Christian symbols and foul language


Video of the incident shows cars driving past the vandals in progress, but apparently no one phoned the police.

WARNING: The above video features graffiti in inappropriate language.

The Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, draws attention to the vandalism that took place at Resurrection Church on October 9. The incident highlights the tensions caused by similar events in churches and pro-life pregnancy centers in recent months.

Video released by the Diocese of Lansing shows property tagged with spray paint from sidewalk to facade. The graffiti bears threatening phrases such as “Is the overthrow of Roe worth your life or your democracy?” and “Death to Christian Nationalism”. Some sentences contained obscenities.

A parishioner commented on the degradation:

“I am really hurt and sad that people have vandalized our place of worship, our church. You know, abortion is an act of violence against a vulnerable human being. The fact that people are pro-abortion people then use violence against other people just shows that this is a violent movement.

Investigation

At the time of the diocese’s statement, police were still going through security footage from the parish as part of their investigation, but there have been other developments since. In a post on Twitter, CNA’s Joe Bukuras revealed that cameras caught the vandalism in progress.

In the video, three hooded individuals can be seen approaching the church and committing their misdeed. They took cans of spray paint out of bags and two of them started writing on the floor while the third climbed the steps to paint inverted crosses on the doors. Several cars can be seen driving past the vandals, but unfortunately none of the drivers appear to have contacted the police to report the crime in progress.

According to Bukuras’ report for CNA, the vandalism caused damage estimated at $15,000. Father Steve Mattson, the pastor of the church, expressed his displeasure at the incident, but he noted that he and his flock had already forgiven the perpetrators. He told CNA:

“To whoever vandalized the sign, we forgive you and pray for you.”

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