An Indiana community was shocked after a local church was vandalized with Nazi slogans and Donald Trump graffiti. The police investigated and report it is a hate crime hoax and the church was not attacked by an outsider. They have charged the congregation’s own organist, an alleged gay activist, for the crime.
When St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was vandalized, many suspected they were targeted by KKK members or a Nazi group. Members of the church request the police department investigate the incident as a hate crime.
The graffiti spray painted on the church walls read “Heil Trump” and “Fag Church.”
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old George Nathaniel Stang of Bloomington, was arrested by the police. During his interview, he admitted to committing the vandalism to “mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the national election.”
In a three-page confession entered into court documents, Stang reportedly said he was trying to spark his congregation into activism.
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The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis released a statement about the revelations calling Stang’s actions “profoundly misguided.”
“I was saddened to learn this morning that the vandalism of St. David’s Church in Bean Blossom was committed by the church’s organist, Nathan Stang, who has admitted to police that he spray painted hateful graffiti on the church last November in the wake of the presidential election. This was a hurtful, dishonest, and profoundly misguided action that stands against the values of the people of this diocese and the Episcopal Church, and we will continue to cooperate with the authorities who are pursuing this case.