A sign outside the Focus on the Family establishment in Colorado Springs, Colorado was vandalized on Thanksgiving Day, just days after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ bar left five dead and 17 injured .
On the morning of November 24, officials reported graffiti at the facility that read, “Their blood is on your hands, five lives have been taken.” A piece of metal was left leaning against the large stone panel, which quoted 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
A day later, the graffiti message was mostly covered in cardboard and plastic.
Focus on Family President Jim Daly spoke about vandalism, calling on community members to love and pray and not spread hate.
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“We recognize that the community is suffering as a result of the reckless and violent actions of a very disturbed individual. This is a time of prayer, mourning and healing, not vandalism and spreading hatred,” he said. he said, according to FOX 21. .
He added, “Focus on the Family is privileged to be one of many organizations in our city positioned to help and support the needs of struggling individuals and families.”
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“The families of the five people killed in Saturday night’s senseless attack are in our prayers. We urge everyone to pray for peace and we also pray for the individual or group responsible for this malicious and unwarranted degradation of assets of our department,” Daly also said. .
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Some people have criticized Focus on the Family, a global Christian outreach ministry, for being homophobic because it often differs from the LGBTQ community on issues of sex education and gender ideology, among other things.