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Focus on the Family Headquarters Sign Vandalized

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Vandals sprayed graffiti on a sign at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs last week implying that the Christian ministry was complicit in a recent shooting at a LGBTQ+ nightclub.

“Their blood is on your hands. Five lives taken,” the graffiti said.

The statement referred to an incident that took place Nov. 19 at Club Q, where a gunman opened fire, killing five people and injuring 18 before he was subdued by two patrons. Suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, who attorneys said identifies as non-binary, made Aldrich’s first video court appearance Nov. 23, mumbling responses to questions while slumped in a chair. Aldrich is being held without bail.

Immediately following the shooting, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly told a Denver CBS television affiliate he mourned the tragedy and that his organization wanted to make it clear it stands against hate.

Colorado Peoples Press, which describes itself as “local news by the people for the people,” published in its Twitter feed a photo of the vandalism and what it said was a press release from the group responsible, Members of the Front Rage Queer Community.

“Focus on the Family likes to promote themselves as people who are ‘bringing about the kingdom of god.’ But we want to remind you that even the bible warns us to be cautious of folks such as these,” the release said, also quoting 2 Corinthians 11:14-15: “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, so it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

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“If you visit their website, you will see them eagerly display their desire to rid the world of all queer people,” the post says. “It is important to us that you understand why Focus on the Family must be held accountable for the ramifications of their hateful theology.”

Focus on the Family has stated its belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, and has spoken out against adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to non-discrimination laws.

In response to the vandalism, Daly issued a statement that said in part, “This is a time for prayer, grieving and healing, not vandalism and the spreading of hate. 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. The families of the five individuals 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 mischievous and unwarranted defacing of our ministry’s property.”

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.