A rainbow flag outside of a church in Syracuse, New York was found burned in a garden.
Leaders at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society say they believe the flag was burned in “an act of hate and fear.” They have filed a report with Syracuse Police, who say that an arrest could lead to hate crime charges, NewNowNext reports.
In the meantime, the church has already replaced the rainbow flag. They say they’re unwavering in their commitment to LGBTQ+ advocacy.
“As a congregation, May Memorial has always been and will always continue to be a welcoming congregation where all are affirmed in their personhood with love and compassion,” Rev. Jo VonRue and president Stephanie Cross wrote in a joint statement. “In response to this act of hate, May Memorial will be reaffirming our Welcoming Congregation status and looking for ways to further our work of welcome and love in the Syracuse Community and beyond.”
“Our flag may have been burned, but our resolve to affirm the worth and dignity of every person will never be destroyed.”
The church is holding a special listening circle on November 5th, where community members can come together “in an act of solidarity with one another standing against hate and fear and showing up for love.”