Investigation underway after hate speech, symbols sprayed on McHenry County Church – NBC Chicago


A church in unincorporated Wonder Lake was the target of a hate crime.

On Tuesday, Pastor Susie Hill of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity discovered disturbing sprayed words and symbols on the church’s facade and front sign.

A volunteer removed the hateful damage Thursday, but Pastor Hill said the injury remains.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” she said. “We are people who serve. We’re a small, one-pantry church that feeds 400 to 600 families monthly.”

Pastor Hill wants to know why someone attacked her place of worship, but the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for who was responsible.

David Goldenberg, the Midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said hate crimes are on the rise. In 2020, hate crime hit a 20-year high.

“It’s important to call it what it is,” Goldenberg said. “Today it’s vandalism, tomorrow it could be an attack or worse. It’s really important to be there for the community and it’s also very important to educate what these symbols are and what they mean.”

Pastor Hill said her small church will continue to be there for the church and will continue to serve and overcome hate with love.

“They can mark us with hate, but we are not people of hate. And we will continue to minister, to continue to serve, and to continue to love as God has called us to love,” Pastor Hill said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is urged to call or email the tip hotline at [email protected]


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