LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Vandals have spray-painted a Long Island church with upside-down crosses and the words “devil” and “witch spells,” reports state.
“It’s just a coincidence that Sunday morning, my message was on love,” Rob Taormina, the pastor of New Covenant Church, told reporters. “Love is patient, love is kind. So we’re going to be patient, and we’re praying for the individuals and believe in God, that God will touch them.”
According to reports, the vandalism occurred either Sunday night or Monday morning under the cover of darkness. The glass on the front door was smashed and words and symbols were spray painted on the exterior walls, doors and steps.
Some of the words included “devil,” “witch spells” and “curse,” and hex symbols and upside-down crosses were also painted on the building.
While Nassau County Police are investigating the matter as a hate crime, there is also suspicion that the act was carried out by teenagers.
“When the detectives were here, they said they think it’s kids because number one, they spelled the things wrong,” Taormina told local television station WABC.
There is no security footage, so police are depending on the public for tips.
Volunteers helped to cover up the graffiti on Tuesday, and Taormina says he will be installing cameras. Read more at Christian News.