The Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs has been attacked by LGBT vandals following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in the same city.
Five people died and 18 were wounded.
In retaliation, the Christian ministry’s main sign was spray painted on Thanksgiving Day with the words Their Blood Is On Your Hands and Five Lives Taken.
An LGBT group calling itself The Members of the Front Range Queer Community put out a statement saying, “We chose to proceed with this action because of the incredible violence that Focus on the Family continues to perpetuate against the 2SLQBTQIA community.”
It called on the ministry to be “held accountable for the ramifications of their hateful theology” and claimed its goal is “to eradicate queerness” by using indoctrination, conversion therapy and other tactics.
The actions appear misguided because defence lawyers described the accused gunman Anderson Aldrich as a nonbinary person who uses they/them pronouns.
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly told The Christian Post: “We recognise the community is hurting in the aftermath of the reckless and violent actions of a very disturbed individual. This is a time for prayer, grieving and healing, not vandalism and the spreading of hate.”
“Focus on the Family is privileged to be one of many organisations in our city positioned to help and support the needs of struggling individuals and families. The families of the five individuals killed in this senseless attack are in our prayers,” he added.
“We urge everyone to pray for peace and we also pray for the individual or group responsible for this mischievous and unwarranted defacing of our ministry’s property.”