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Pro-gay marriage Maple Grove church defaced with passage from Leviticus [IMAGE]

Parishioners at Pilgrims United were welcomed by this message yesterday morning.
Parishioners at Pilgrims United were welcomed by this message yesterday morning.
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Over the weekend, the exterior of the progressive Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove was defaced with anti-gay messages.

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Vandals spray painted "Church of Sodom" and "Church of Gomorrah" along with "Lev 18:22." That Bible passage reads: "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable."

According to KARE, this isn't the first time the church, which Pastor Robin Raudabaug characterizes as "a very progressive voice in Maple Grove," has been targeted by anti-gay vandals. During the run up to last year's marriage amendment vote, Vote No signs were stolen from the property. Then, early last month, "Romans 1:26-28" was inscribed on a monument outside the church. Those Bible passages read as follows:

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

No arrests have been made and there isn't security footage of the vandals in action.

"This was a very hate-filled act," Raudabaug told KARE. "Some people wonder if our message is getting out, but this proves that people do hear us."

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