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Kentucky Hindu Temple Vandalized with Crosses, Christian Phrases

on 2019/2/1 12:03:44 ( 567 reads )


LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, February 1, 2019 (Huffington Post): A Hindu temple in Kentucky was vandalized this week with hateful messages, including some promoting Christianity, in an incident local police are calling a hate crime. Sometime between Sunday and Tuesday morning, a vandal or vandals broke through a window at Louisville's Swaminarayan Temple, the Courier Journal reports, leaving glass shattered on the floor. Black paint was sprayed onto a poster depicting a religious figure, and the temple's walls were covered with black crosses and phrases such as "Jesus Is The Only Lord" and "Jesus Is All Mighty." A knife was reportedly plunged into a chair in the temple.

A message spray-painted onto a bulletin board at the temple read had the word "foreign" followed by an expletive, Fox affiliate WDRB reports. Temple spokesperson Raj Patel told the news station that this last message indicates that the vandalism was "not about just a god." "It's about a race or someone's skin color," he said. Patel said his community, consisting of 60 to 100 Sunday worshippers, is deeply saddened by the incident. The community has been meeting in the building, a former church, for about five years. Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad described the vandalism as a "hate crime" during a press conference on Wednesday. He said investigators have not yet identified any suspects. Police will be at the temple on Sunday to ensure that worshippers are safe, he said.

More at "source" including a short local news video.

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