Eugene Church Latest To Be Tagged With Swastika

Feb 8, 2017

A third case of swastika graffiti has been reported in Eugene.  Police say the latest target was a church.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

A swastika was among the graffiti painted on the First United Methodist Church this past week.
Credit Photo submitted by Reverend Adam Briddell.

Reverend Adam Briddell is Associate Pastor for the First United Methodist Church.  He says he was notified of the vandalism while he was observing Interfaith Advocacy Day with state legislators in Salem earlier this week. 

Exterior of the First United Methodist Church in Eugene.
Credit From First United Methodist Church's website.

Briddell says he’s unsure if his church was deliberately targeted or if it was a random act.  However, he says the outpouring of support from locals has been encouraging. 

"They’re proud to be a part of a community that stands for the full inclusion of all people," Briddell tells KLCC.  

"The kind of community that’s willing to put up banners that say 'Refugees and immigrants are welcome here'.  The kind of community that affirms that all people are sacred worth. 

"And tagging our building isn’t going to change any of that.” 

Previous targets were an auto service station and a pub. 

In addition to the swastika, a cartoon image of a pig was also painted on the church building.
Credit Photo submitted by Reverend Adam Briddell.

Investigators ask anyone with information on the vandalism to contact them.  This includes anyone else whose business was tagged with a swastika.

The EPD says while such symbols may fall under freedom of speech, the location and manner of use in these cases could make it a crime.

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