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Anti-religious graffiti found on Gastonia church

By Amy Cowman
NBC Charlotte

GASTONIA Vandals spray-painted a Gastonia church with anti-religious words and images the same week that children are at Covenant Baptist Church for vacation Bible school.

“Can’t understand why anybody would do something like this. How much did they accomplish?” the Rev.r Olin Byrum said.

A blanket covers the graffiti in the back of the church. Vandals wrote an expletive and then “God” plus an upside-down cross.

Byrum says it’s very disheartening.

“We’re trying to reach out to people, share Christ with others, and now we have to spend time doing things like that,” the pastor said.

The words and images are spray-painted on the back of the church where the kids play on the playground. The children at the vacation Bible school have not been at the back of the church.

The church has tried twice to clean the graffiti off with no luck so far. The wall will have to be sandblasted to get the graffiti off.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Byrum says he just wants the people responsible to come forward and take responsibility, and they are forgiven.

“I just can’t understand why you’d do something like that,” he said. “Of course there’s no hate. God loves them. We love them. Hopefully they’ll repent and see the error of their ways.”

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