Colorado Springs

Following vandalism, community gathers to show 'Love Lives Here'

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People in Colorado Springs gathered to demonstrate that the city stands together, despite vandals who spray painted anti- Semetic messages and swastikas on Temple Beit Torah synagogue on Friday.

While most of the vandalism has been cleaned off the building and its front sign, people at the rally said that kind of vandalism never should have happened in the first place. 

"This is no way to engage in civil discourse, this is no way to function in community," Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Stephany Spaulding said. 

The group gathered Sunday afternoon at Bonforte Park, hoping for change in the hearts of the Colorado Springs community.

"If we don't stand up and speak out against hate then we allow the bigotry and the prejudices to continue to grow," Broadmoor Community Church Pastor Anne Cubbage said. 

Many people held up signs at the rally showing support of love, and against the hate in the community. Several speakers also spoke to the fact that there needs to be a shift in dialogue and actions of the community towards love. 

"I think we just got to continue to show love and kindness to others. That's the only way we're going to conquer hate is continue to show love and kindness," supporter Sheila Ferguson said. 

Beyond the rally, leaders said more work needs to be done in the community. 

"I think we continually need to be vigilant in the way that we speak and in the way that we react," Cubbage said. 


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