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Days after West Lafayette’s Unitarian Universalist Church was vandalized with posters bearing threatening language, the community gathered to show unity Wednesday evening. Many say it’s just the first step to prevent threats in the future.

Government officials condemned those responsible for the racist and homophobic language by calling it cowardly behavior, and an act of attention-seeking. Religious leaders praised the community, and some spoke of the familiarity of the type of attack.

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West Lafayette representatives are condemning hate speech posted at a local church over the weekend.

Racial slurs and threatening language were displayed on posters tacked outside of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) says she’s shocked and concerned, especially since the incident happened at night.

“They are doing this behind everyone’s back and will not admit that they’re doing it because they know most of the people in our area do not agree with this and certainly are not on their side,” Klinker says.

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Leaders at the West Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Church -- where two banners full of racial slurs, veiled threats and misspellings were posted early Sunday -- are staying tight-lipped about whether they’ll increase security in the wake of the hate speech.

However, Reverend Charlie Davis says the church does plan to hold a Wednesday evening service full of songs and talk of social justice, in hopes of using the vandalism to bring the community together.

Davis says his congregants sang civil rights tunes during the Sunday gathering that followed discovery of the signs.

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