Evansville, Ind., police are looking for the person who vandalized a predominantly black church on Thanksgiving. The suspect scrawled, “Kill All Koons” on the church’s back door and “Koons Inside” on the church’s van.
“I’ve been the pastor here for 17 years, and we’ve never had anything like this,” the Rev. Todd Robertson, pastor of the Members of Evansville’s Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, told the Evansville Courier Press.
“I know there seems to be a rise across the country of ill will toward certain groups of people. But we keep preaching; we will overcome evil with good,” he said.
This is the second time the church has been vandalized with racial slurs. Earlier this month, a threatening message appeared on the sidewalk. Because all of the messages have been written in chalk, members of the church have washed them away.
According to the Courier Press, the latest incident happened shortly after the church handed out nearly 300 meals to people in need.
“We’ve been doing that for the past seven years,” Robertson said. “Most places that normally feed people are closed on Thanksgiving. It’s a blessing.”
Robertson told the newspaper that he believes the sight of black volunteers and white volunteers working together may have angered the suspect.
“People ought to be aware that there are some people in our area who have this mentality,” Robertson said. “Hiding it doesn’t heal it. You have to face it in order to heal it. There is evil out there, but we want to have it overcome with good, and glorify the Lord.”
Read more at the Evansville Courier Press.