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Vandals spray paint swastika on Chandler church

Posted at 6:33 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 21:19:36-05

CHANDLER, AZ — The Chandler Assembly of God Church is a meeting place for Christians, Jews, Immigrants, and Americans - all brought together by a belief in God.

Four separate congregations hold their services at the church. On Saturday, a swastika greeted worshipers attending a Messianic service.

"They felt bad, they felt hurt but no anger," said Pastor Tom Rakoczy. "They felt bad for the people who are filled with such animosity."

Pastor Rakoczy says he opens his church to other communities in the spirit of love and inclusion. "When you put something up there like that it's a symbol of hate and fear painted on a building of love and acceptance," Rakoczy said.

As quickly as the graffiti was discovered, it was washed away. There is no place for hate at this church.