A rainbow flag, symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride, which was flying outside of the Metro Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street since Sunday was ripped down and stolen on Thursday.
Rev. Rick Sosbe, pastor of the church, said he noticed the flag missing just after 3 p.m. on Thursday and called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to report the crime.
Sosbe and the congregation at Metropolitan Community Church attached the flag to the church’s sign on Sunday to celebrate Pride Weekend and the Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling which found that states cannot ban same-sex marriage in this country.
Sosbe said having the flag ripped down either Wednesday night or Thursday morning is “extremely disappointing.”
“It’s unfortunate and it’s sad to think that there is still darkness in the hearts of people, but I’m also not surprised,” Sosbe said, adding that the church hasn’t had a problem flying the rainbow flag in the past.
However, since he and the church have been recently featured in the local media discussing gay marriage, including in the Metro Spirit’s cover story this week, Sosbe believes some individuals targeted the church and its rainbow flag.
“To never have a problem and then we are featured in the media and suddenly now we have this situation arise, that’s not coincidental,” Sosbe said. “To me, this is not by accident.”