Fort Lauderdale church targeted by conspiratorial hate messages

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – Fort Lauderdale’s Sunshine Cathedral is a church unlike most.

Church spokesman Darren Loli showed Local 10 News’ Christian De La Rosa the plaza where they feed 2,000 families a month and host a program for LGBTQ youth and a day care center for the elderly.

“It’s the largest queer progressive church in the world,” church spokesman Darren Loli said. “Whatever your beliefs or doubts, you are God’s miracle, you are not God’s error.”

The square recently had freshly painted rainbows, but earlier this week it was where church members found their walls covered in hate posters.

They carried messages of conspiracy theories about pedophilia, child trafficking, wearing masks and COVID-19.

“Basically hateful, anti-LGBT, that we were cooking up kids, pedophilia comments,” Loli said. “Unbalanced? Yes, but always calculated.

Fort Lauderdale Police detectives are investigating the case and looking for who is behind the posters.

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Sources close to the investigation said the LGBTQ community feared other similar incidents in the area.

De La Rosa questioned Fort Lauderdale police about it, and a detective said the department’s Threat Response Unit is currently working on two other cases, but could not confirm whether they are related or s There are even similarities to what happened at Sunshine Cathedral.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

“If you need a place to feel loved, you should come join us,” Loli said. “We are proud of who we are.

“Fear tactics won’t work.”

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Martha J. Finley