Sign With Pride Flag Vandalized Outside Pleasantville Church

Sean Adams
January 20, 2020 - 1:36 pm
Sigh with pride flag vandalized outside Pleasantville church

Sean Adams


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Is someone targeting churches in Westchester County?

Police are investigating after someone split the white and blue welcome sign outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Pleasantville. That sign featured a gay pride flag, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

A few weeks ago in Yorktown, vandals knocked over a Menorah and caused damage at two churches, a theater and a library, Adams reported. There is no conclusive evidence of a connection between the two, Adams reported.

Local officials have been swift to condemn such acts. Rev. Mary Gregorius, the rector at St. John's has written to the congregation and urged people to heed the words of Jesus.

She posted the following on Facebook:

Dear People of St. John’s,

It is with regret and disappointment that I share these pictures of our vandalized sign.

Sometime in the night of January 17, 2020, someone decided to take their anger out on our parish sign. It is the abominable act of small minds and insecurity. We are a people who preach the words of Jesus to “Fear not.,” and we will live into those words as we prepare to replace our sign.

Yours in Christ,

Pleasantville police have not yet declared this a hate crime.