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Neighbors respond to offensive banners at church

Some people living near the Unitarian Universalist Church said they woke up afraid this morning.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 7:08 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some people living near the Unitarian Universalist Church said they woke up afraid this morning. Their reactions are in response to the offensive banners left outside of the church over the weekend.

People said seeing that kind of language from your own backyard or across the street from your house is unsettling.


Tammie Paul looks at the church across the street and struggles to hold back tears. She's worried about the children in her neighborhood. 

"To promote that kind of hate and hang it at a church, that's...I don't know what is in the mind of that person I really don't nor do, like I said before, nor do I want to," said Paul. 

Purdue student Elaine Moates says she moved to the neighborhood because she heard it was a safe area, but she's going to have her guard up when she walks to and from class from now on.

"Especially since I walk through here a lot at night and usually I'm alone so just I guess my fear will increase," said Moates.

"The response to terrorism is to not be terrorized."

Members of the church don't want people to be afraid.

"The response to terrorism is to not be terrorized," said Pastor Charlie Davis. 

The church is holding an Affirmation of Freedom Wednesday night at 7:30. Anyone is invited to attend.

WLPD said there are no updates in the investigation but they are still working to find out who put the banners up.

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