“Let Us Worship” and “Hold The Line” founder Sean Feucht posted images on Instagram and YouTube Saturday morning (Dec. 31) showing his followers that the church he was scheduled to perform at on New Year’s Eve was vandalized with explicit graffiti. Feucht says the vandalism was due to his upcoming performance.
“Last night, bigots spread hate and violence at a church where we are holding a New Year’s Eve event in San Diego,” Feucht wrote in his Saturday post. “The police are investigating it as a hate crime. The enemy making the age old (sic) mistake. Persecuting the Church won’t stop the gospel, it’ll spark a wildfire.”
Vandals spray painted numerous epithets and warnings around the church property, including, “F— Sean Feucht,” “Queers Bash Back,” “Christofascists not Welcome,” “BLM,” “Sean Feucht Kindly F— Off,” “Anti-fascist resistance will not falter,” “Separate Church & State,” “Trans Rights Are Human Rights,” “Bigots not welcome,” “No Safe Space for Bigots,” “Transphobes out of SD,” “God Loves LGTBQ,” “Sean Feucht hates queers, Queers Bash Back,” “F— Christian Nationalists. Church←→State,” “Awaken Breeds Hate,” and “Sean Breeds Hate” all over the church’s outside walls and signs.
Along with defacing the church’s property with vulgarity, symbols, and threats, the vandals also broke a glass window after defacing it with spray paint.
Feucht told ChurchLeaders that the vandalism is “a fear tactic, it’s intimidation, and you know, we don’t get discouraged when fear comes, we actually get emboldened and this is a chance for the church of California to take a stand to rise up in unity and to say, ‘We’re not going to let persecution, bigotry, hatred, vandalism, stop us from worshiping. The church isn’t a building. We’re the bride of Christ and in 2023 we’re rising up like never before.”
A police report has been filed, Feucht said, and the police are currently present at the church and were on location during Feucht’s event. Feucht posted video of the vandalism on his YouTube account here.