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Vandalized rainbow flag rededicated

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By Dana Griffin

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FOXBORO, MA- Outside the Foxboro Universalist Church, the congregation has gathered for a special ceremony.

Last Sunday, the rainbow flag was found looking like a tattered ribbon after someone ripped it from the pole and left it on display.

"It has made us feel a number of different things. The one thing that we have not chosen to feel or to talk about is hate," said Rev. Tim House.

It's unclear if this was a prank or a hate crime.

House said, "We don't know if that is what this is about. We only know that someone took our flag away. We in love are replacing it so that the welcome we wish to express in the community, continues."

A new rainbow flag now catches the cold breeze and once again symbolizes acceptance for the LGBT community, and love over hate.

Parishioner Maureen Outlaw said, "You know, it's easy to get angry and I got angry and hurt and upset by it, but I think that the rededication allows us to really reaffirm why it's there, tell everyone else why it's there and know that even the people that tore it down would be welcome here to worship with us."

"Ultimately, it's just going to make us a stronger community," said Kyle Outlaw.

The church is known for welcoming members of the LGBT community to its services and today made that message clear.

 

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