Fresh graffiti scattered on buildings throughout Jackson - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Fresh graffiti scattered on buildings throughout Jackson

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights group in the nation, condemns the message regarding gay marriage. Source: Cody Walker The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights group in the nation, condemns the message regarding gay marriage. Source: Cody Walker
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As they painted over the graffiti Friday morning, Wolfe and Hughtate learned that it's not an isolated incident. Source: WLBT As they painted over the graffiti Friday morning, Wolfe and Hughtate learned that it's not an isolated incident. Source: WLBT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - "Here at Bellwether, we love supporting the local arts scene, we're happy to provide such a canvas," jokes Jeremy Wolfe, Administrator at Bellwether Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson. 

He's referring to the graffiti that was spray painted across the front of the church sometime Thursday night. It says 'You are the God'. 

"I woke up and got several texts with pictures of the front of our church," says Pastor John Hughtate. "Obviously it's unfortunate. But yet as a Christian we believe in human brokenness." 

As they painted over the graffiti Friday morning, Wolfe and Hughtate learned that it's not an isolated incident. 

On Jiggets Road, also in Northeast Jackson, someone spray painted a phrase about new currency on a concrete wall. And on West Capitol Street, there's a freshly spray painted message that says 'No 2 gay marrage (sic) kill them.' 

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights group in the nation, condemns the message regarding gay marriage. 

"This hateful message does not represent Mississippi values. We are all God's children, but we have a long way to go to make sure everyone is being treated fairly and decently in the state we all love,” said Rob Hill, Director of HRC Mississippi.

“We urge all Mississippians to stand up and make it clearly known that these kinds of messages of hatred have no place in our society. We are so much stronger together than when we're divided, and we've got to work together to make sure that Mississippi is a state that welcomes all families, including our LGBT brothers and sisters.”

Generally, graffiti is considered malicious mischief. It's a misdemeanor unless the damage exceeds $1,000. 

Jackson Police have been responding to the incidents. 

Meanwhile, Pastor Hughtate says he harbors no ill will toward those responsible.  

"I'd invite them to church. Sunday morning at 10:30," he says. 

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