Police probe anti-gay, racist banners found outside Indiana church
By Associated Press
Police are investigating after banners with racist and anti-gay messages were erected outside a northwest Indiana church known for its progressive stands on racial and social justice issues.
West Lafayette police said the banners were found Sunday attached to a fence outside the Unitarian Universalist Church in the city about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.
One banner included a slur for gays and lesbians and the second had slurs against both racial minorities and gays and lesbians.
The second one also referenced singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, while the other included the date Jan. 23 and the message “Die F----ts Orlando just like Los Vegas.”
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Browne has a concert planned for Jan. 23 in Orlando, according to his website. The other wording appears to refer to the sniper who opened fire in October from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 others, the Journal & Courier reported.
Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said police are investigating and that the FBI has been alerted.
“This will not be tolerated in our community,” Dombkowski said.