A Christian church in San Diego, Calif., that was hosting a New Year's Eve concert with popular singer-evangelist Sean Feucht, was vandalized on Dec. 30. A window was broken and numerous messages were spray-painted on the church's walls and property, exclaiming, "Queers Bash Back," "F*** Sean Feucht!" "BLM," and "Trans Rights Are Human Rights."
The police are investigating the incident at City View Church as a potential hate crime.
Pastor Troy Singleterry and a sound crew that was preparing for the New Year's Eve concert discovered the vandalism when they were packing up to go home about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“When I saw everything, I was so sad,” Singleterry told the Union-Tribune. “I wasn’t angry. I was so sad.”
Sean Feucht posted photos of the vandalism on Instagram, where he also wrote on Jan. 1, “Last night, bigots spread hate and violence at a church where we are holding a New Year’s Eve event in San Diego. The police are investigating it as a hate crime."
He also wrote, “The enemy making the age old mistake. Persecuting the Church won’t stop the gospel, it’ll spark a wildfire.”
The pictures show messages were spray-painted on many of the church's walls and on other signs on the property.
For instance, on one sign the vandals wrote, "Queers Bash Back." On a wall one can read, "F*** Christian Nationalists.
On one wall it says, "BLM."
On a fence is painted, "F*** Sean Feuch!"
On one of the glass doors was painted "ACAB," which stands for "All Cops Are Bastards."
Below is another image.
On Jan. 4, reported the Union-Tribune, Feuch tweeted to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and asked for comment, calling the vandalism “an act of hate intended to intimidate and scare peaceful citizens in your city.”
Despite the vandalism, Feuch's worship-concert went ahead as scheduled. Reportedly, about 1,700 people attended.
Our request sent over to the mayor of San Diego @ToddGloria showing proof of a hate crime and violence committed, police investigation and we're awaiting his response. It has now been 5 days of silence.— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) January 4, 2023
He's failing in his pledge to stand up to bigotry and protect #allofus pic.twitter.com/MgaRvpykUN