Focus on family devastated after Club Q shooting: ‘Blood on your hands’

Focus on The family’s Colorado Springs, Colorado, headquarters was devastated on Thanksgiving with a message blaming the group for a recent mass shooting that killed five and wounded 18 others.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is accused of opening fire at Club Q, a popular LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, on Saturday. The suspect was arrested by club patrons Richard Fierro and Thomas James and an unnamed trans woman, and was later arrested by police.

Days after the mass shooting, someone left a spray-painted message on a “Focus on the Family” sign. The non-profit organization is evangelical.

Although it’s not clear if the suspect had a connection to the organization, the conservative Christian service group is known for its anti-LGBTQ messages. Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary according to his attorneys, comes from a conservative Republican family.

A vigil for Club Q victims
The names of victims of the Club Q shooting are displayed as mourners hold a candlelight vigil in front of the State Capitol Building on November 23, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Focus on the Family, an evangelical organization in Colorado Springs, was recently vandalized in response to the LGBTQ nightclub mass shooting.
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In an article by The newspaperPolice confirmed that a message was spray-painted in black paint on a “Focus on Family” sign at the department’s headquarters in Colorado Springs.

“Your blood is on your hands, five lives taken,” the message said.

According to the police, there was no information on who could have destroyed the sign The newspaper. Shortly after the message was discovered, a gazette The photographer found the sign covered with plastic sheeting.

Focus on the Family has previously championed anti-LGBTQ messaging. Human Rights Campaign, an organization that fights for LGBTQ rights, published an article about Focus on the Family, calling the group one of the best-funded anti-LGBTQ organizations in the US

Human Rights Campaign claims that Focus on the Family is using the $515 million it has raised over the past five years to invest in public awareness campaigns against LGBTQ equality. The evangelical group has also been accused of conducting “conversion therapy” and claiming that anti-bullying campaigns in schools promote homosexuality.

In a Focus on the Family question-and-answer website, in response to the issue of struggling with same-sex attractions, the ministry said the word gay is an “artificial construct.”

“[Gay is] a word that means what other people say it means – nothing more, nothing less,” the website reads. “We want to encourage you not to let yourself be locked into this category.

“Do you consider yourself a Christian? If so, you should examine your beliefs with great care and give them priority over all other considerations,” the group continued on the site.

When the sprayed message was shared Twitterseveral users supported the vandalism.

“I mean there’s a hell of a lot more than 5 deaths caused by the focus on family,” said one user tweeted.

“Not bad enough,” another tweeted about the vandalism. “Needs fire.”

“Today they should be grateful that we don’t return blood for blood,” another tweeted.

news week has reached out to the Colorado Springs Police Department and Focus on the Family for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/focus-family-vandalized-after-club-q-shooting-blood-your-hands-1762230 Focus on family devastated after Club Q shooting: ‘Blood on your hands’

Rick Schindler

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