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LGBT Inclusive Church’s Windows Shot Out In Arkansas “Sundown Town”

 

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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home in Mountain Home, Arkansas has come under attack for its LGBT inclusive polices which have resulted in having the church’s windows shot out.

WWJTD blog at Patheos reported  the  attack on the church Wednesday.  A threatening note, written in all capital letters, and with multiple misspellings, including “socialist,” which somehow came out “scholiast” was left behind:

Hello from your neighbors!

You filthy white trash scum-billy!
Why don’t you move to Ferguson, MO.
Or Chi-Congo, IL. Since you like niggers and queers so well.
And you idolize the nigger commie, Muslin, scholiast destroying the USA
He’s the worst garbage to ever occupy the White House bar none.
See how long your white trash ass would last among them.
You brain dead bastard.
Just remember, we true Southerners know where you live asshole!

The letter and the vandalism appear to have been a response to a letter to the editor published in the local newspaper, the Baxter Bulletin, in June, announcing that the congregation welcomed people of all backgrounds, including their LGBT neighbors:

From Alice Hurley, Minister,
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home:

While the Arkansas Supreme Court considers their position on same-sex marriage, let’s take a moment to reflect on the importance of the separation of state and church. Arkansas state, as a representation of all people contained within its boundaries, cannot dictate the conduct of a church or fellowship of any religion or philosophy. It has a responsibility to ensure all citizens are treated equally under the law. Conversely, individuals and private organizations, religious or otherwise, do have the right of discrimination.

Once the state ensures everyone is represented equally, then individuals are free to choose, within the bounds of law, whom they befriend and what organizations hold their loyalty or membership. Individuals can be open to learning about different people and cultures, choosing to be inclusive and tolerant of their neighbors in a community, or they can choose to be insular and discriminatory.

We at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home choose not to discriminate. Our Fellowship Hall is open to all truth-seekers, regardless of race or sexual orientation. Please feel free to visit our fellowship and consider becoming part of our family. We respect the right of people to choose their marriage partners for themselves, and are happy to perform, for members or non-members, commitment ceremonies and same-sex marriages, as soon as the state of Arkansas realizes it cannot discriminate and must ensure that all of its citizens are equal under the law.

Mountain Home. whose racial make-up is over 97 percent white has a notorious history of being one of the south’s most racist “sundown towns,” that warned blacks that they were not permitted to be within the town limits after dark.

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