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'Heil Trump,' anti-gay message and swastika spray-painted on southern Indiana church

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BEAM BLOSSOM, Ind. (WDRB) -- When Rev. Kelsey Hutto came to work Sunday morning at St. David's Episcopal Church in Brown County, she didn't know how much her message about post-election unity would help her congregation.

Members of the church were hurt by simply showing up for service.

"It's appalling. It's surprising," one parishioner said.

The words "Heil Trump," a swastika, and even an anti-gay slur were spray-painted on the front and side of St. David's.

"These messages are based on being hateful and divisive," Rev. Hutto said. 

Who did it and why is still being investigated. Rev. Hutto is going to leave that to the Brown County Sheriff's Office. 

As for the clean up, you won't see members of the church with soap and water trying to scrub off the damage. 

That's by design.

"We have decided to leave it on, at least until the end of November," Rev. Hutto said. "Symbols are what you make them. We could make them about hate. We could make them about anger, and we could make them about the vision. But, we've chosen not to."

They're not faltering and showing unity during a time when that's not easy to find.

"This was meant to divide us, and it has done nothing but make us stronger," Rev. Hutto said. 

Many people through out the community have already offered to donate time, money and supplies to help the church get back to normal.

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