Windsor, Ont. church devastated by vandalism with message ‘motivated by hate’

A church in Windsor is devastated after their recently refurbished building was vandalized with a derogatory message.

On Friday morning, Pastor Anthony Brown arrived at the Rapha Christian Center to find the words “Abort Christ” spray-painted outside his church.

“It’s really upsetting for us. I was very sad,” Brown says.

Windsor Police say the mischief is being investigated as hate-motivated due to the nature of the graffiti, which is described as a heart with an offensive message targeting a religious group.

Police believe the incident took place between August 25 at 10:00 p.m. and August 26 at 8:00 a.m.

Brown says the church has numerous security cameras but the culprit fled undetected due to a blind spot in camera coverage.

He notes that several other churches in the area have recently faced vandalism of a similar nature.

“The police also informed us that there are other churches that made a report this week and last week,” he adds.

Brown acknowledges that there is heightened tension around the June decision on abortion in the United States, telling CTV News Windsor: “I think from my perspective it’s the people who are upset in the churches in general.”

In the meantime, the church plans to focus on its community outreach programs like backpack giveaways and grocery shopping assistance.

The incident is being investigated by the Windsor Police Service’s Vice Unit.

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