Van­dals de­face LGBT church in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia

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Van­dals spray-painted an LGBT church in down­town Au­gusta with Bi­ble pas­sages and sug­ges­tions that LGBT peo­ple burn.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on July 21, as first re­ported by the Au­gusta Chron­i­cle.

“Burn Leviti­cus 18:22 Lies” was spray-painted across the front doors of Metropoli­tan Com­mu­nity Church of Our Redeemer, while another pas­sage, Leviti­cus 18:20, was spray-painted on the front steps with the words “You’ll Burn.”

The church’s pas­tor, Rick Sosbe, was part of the first gay cou­ple to re­ceive a mar­riage li­cense in Rich­mond County fol­low­ing the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court de­ci­sion strik­ing down same-sex mar­riage bans na­tion­wide.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred roughly three weeks af­ter a rain­bow flag was stolen from the front of the church.

“I was an­gry,” Sosbe told the Au­gusta Chron­i­cle. “I was very sad and I thought, ‘Just why?’ To me, it seems so in­ter­est­ing that they’re say­ing on there that you’ll burn – in other words say­ing ‘You’ll burn in hell,’ I’m sure – and quot­ing scrip­ture. Is that what Chris­tian­ity – right-wing, fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tian­ity – has come to?”

Sosbe and his part­ner, Michael Rehn, mar­ried on June 30. He said this was the first time an anti-LGBT in­ci­dent has hap­pened at the church and that he plans on dis­cussing the in­stal­la­tion of se­cu­rity cam­eras when the church’s board next meets.

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