A swastika, apparently drawn with a felt-tip pen, was found next to the door at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, a progressive Methodist church at 263 West 86th Street on West End Avenue late on Wednesday.
It was found just as two pastors from the church were attending an interfaith service meant to express solidarity in the wake of a white supremacist march and violence in Charlottesville.
This isn’t the first time this year that a local church was defaced. Swastikas and a Nazi phrase were also drawn on the The Fourth Universalist Society at 160 Central Park West earlier this year.
St. Paul & St. Andrew’s senior pastor Rev. K Karpen sent us a note explaining more about what happened:
“Wednesday around 5 p.m. a staff member alerted us that a very small swastika had been found, drawn by what looks to be a felt-tip pen, on the wall of a door alcove on the south side of the church, under our Hate Has No Home Here banner. The drawing has been covered up, but not yet painted over, at the request of the police, who are looking into this. Our building has shared space with Congregation B’nai Jeshurun since 1991, along with congregations of many other faiths. We obviously don’t know what motivated this, but we will continue to speak out against hate, hate speech and anti-Semitism, particularly in light of the recent events in Charlottesville and the approaching Jewish High Holy Days. At the time we got this news, two of our pastors were taking part in the Yes to Love, No to Hate: NYC Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity service and that continues to be our message: Hate Has No Home Here.”
Photos by Carol Tannenhauser.