Maine Church’s Pro-Life Sign Vandalized With ‘Queer Love’

A pro-life sign prominently displayed at the Second Baptist Church in Palermo, Maine, was defaced, prompting concerns among church members that this act should be investigated as a hate crime targeting Christians.

The distressing incident came to light on a Saturday evening when churchgoers discovered the sign, bearing the words, “Every Life Matters,” and “Abortion is Still Murder,” marred by splashes of paint. In an even more alarming turn, vandals had used paint to write two messages on the sign: “Abortion is our human right” and “Queer love 4 Eva.”

Rep. Katrina Smith (R-ME), who is a member of the church, expressed her outrage, labeling the vandalism an outright attack on the church and its congregation.

She emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “This is an escalation of violence against the church. For someone to come out and vandalize their house of worship, it really is intimidation, asking them not to continue to worship in the way that they are.”

This unfortunate act of vandalism was not an isolated incident. The Second Baptist Church had been targeted in a similar manner back in 2020, and another incident occurred just a week before this latest occurrence. Smith firmly believes that, according to Maine law, this incident qualifies as a hate crime.

In her own words, Smith declared, “Well, to me, it’s a hate crime. This is a group of young children, families, just local people, and they have done nothing to speak out against any of the issues right now.”

While some may argue that this vandalism did not directly impede the religious expression of the church’s congregation, a trial attorney in Portland, as cited by WCSH, suggests otherwise. Regardless of the legal nuances, the incident has ignited a debate on the limits of political disagreement and expression.

Palermo Select Board Member Bob Kurek echoed the sentiment that this act of vandalism was an inappropriate response to differing political views. Kurek emphasized that everyone is entitled to their opinions, even if strongly held, but such beliefs should never serve as justification for vandalizing or destroying property.