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Pride flags fly high at Hillsborough church following vandalism

Posted April 13

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— A Hillsborough church has replaced two pride flags after someone burned them over the weekend.  

Members of the Hillsborough United Church of Christ displayed the flags following the passage of House Bill 2, and said they felt it was important to not let the vandalism silence their voices.

Pastor Jay Kennet said his staff first noticed the flags were missing on Saturday.

"When I pulled up I thought they were just missing, but a church member said they had actually been burned," he said. "There is something about the burning that makes you feel vulnerable."

Kennett said the flags were immediately replaced.

"We wanted to send a message to the community that we were supporting all of the people in our community, especially the LGBT community," he said.

Longtime Hillsborough resident Lesa Kurylo said she does not think the vandalism is representative of the larger community.

"I thought it was a really terrible thing to do," she said.

Nathan Taylor said he worries the sentiment of the vandals may be shared by many.

"That kind of bigotry is all too common, and it's really gotten me kind of down trodden lately," he said.

Regardless of the flag burning, Kennett said the vandalism will not stop him or his church members from showing love or support to the LGBT community.

"To me it was important to say we were not letting this act silence our voice," he said.

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call authorities.

The investigation is ongoing.


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  • Chase Truman Apr 14, 10:35 a.m.
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    I don't go to church, but if I did I'd want to go to this church. This is a church I can get behind, that believes in love and acceptance of everyone.

  • Chase Truman Apr 14, 10:34 a.m.
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    This was exactly what I was going to mention, too.

  • Lance Boyle Apr 13, 10:36 p.m.
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    Church trying to act all Christian and what not, trying to do what Jesus would do, .... its a disgrace I tell you , a disgrace... Jesus probably rolling in the rock at his tomb.

  • Christian Knott Apr 13, 9:51 p.m.
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    Here is what I know. Gay folks didn't vandalize that church, now did they? So much for " love thy neighbor".

  • John Snow Apr 13, 8:13 p.m.
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    Nature disagrees with you.

  • John Snow Apr 13, 8:13 p.m.
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    Yeah, all that cross burning was made up by the liberal media right?

  • William Mitchell Apr 13, 7:18 p.m.
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    Interesting that a church would fly that flag. The New Testament teaches us to love one another....however I fail to find anything in scripture that teaches one to condone a crime against nature. Interesting....

  • John Snow Apr 13, 6:55 p.m.
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    Southerners love burning stuff. Pride flags, crosses.