Man says Trump gave him ‘permission’ to voice hatred for LGBTQ community in church

matt baume

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Watch out, Tempe: there’s a creep on the loose. Someone has been storming into churches that have rainbow flags hanging, and yelling at people about queers.

The latest incident occurred at the Community Christian Church. The guy made a bunch of nasty comments, and then said he’d pay protestors to harass churchgoers and spread rumors about pedophilia.

“He said that if Hillary would have won he would have driven right on by the church without stopping,” said a church official, “but because Trump won he felt he had permission to say and act the way he wanted to expressing the hate that he had for this particular group of people.”

Then eventually the man just left and drove off, never to be seen again (hopefully).

This is super bizarre behavior — obviously — and so insane it’s hard to believe that it’s true. But there are a lot of nuts running around in the world, and apparently this is how one of them has decided he wants to spend his time.

The church posted details about what happened to its social media, and there’s been a generally supportive response. So that’s nice. The church is leaving its rainbow banner flying, and police have shrugged and said that what the man did isn’t a crime– yet. A second visit might result in trespassing charges.

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