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Progressive Maple Grove church vandalized again: "Gay Pride? NO! Shameful Sodomites!"

Pilgrims United has repeatedly been targeted by anti-gay vandals.
Pilgrims United has repeatedly been targeted by anti-gay vandals.

Less than one month after Sunday parishioners at Maple Grove's Pilgrims United Church of Christ were greeted with "Church of Sodom" and "Church of Gomorrah" tags, pretty much the same thing happened again.

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Yesterday morning, churchgoers arrived to find the building egged, locked with handcuffs on the front door, and adorned with new anti-gay graffiti.

According to KARE 11, the tag said: "Gay Pride? NO! Shameful Sodomites!" It also made a reference to Jude 1:7, a Bible passage that reads: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

After the early June incident, Pilgrims United Pastor Robin Raudabaug described her church as "a very progressive voice in Maple Grove." The church was also targeted by vandals during the run up to last year's marriage amendment vote (Vote No signs were stolen from the property) and in May, when a reference to another Bible passage often interpreted as anti-gay (Romans 1:26-28) was inscribed on the building.

KARE reports that Maple Grove police are investigating the possibly "bias-motivated" crime, but no arrests have been made.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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