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Focus on family vandalized after Club Q shooting: ‘Blood on their hands’

Focus on the family’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado was vandalized on Thanksgiving Day with a message blaming the group for a recent mass shooting that killed five people and injured 18 others.

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

A few days after the mass shooting, someone left a spray-painted message on a Focus on the Family sign. The non-profit organization has an evangelical orientation.

While it’s unclear if the suspect had any connection to the organization, the conservative Christian ministry group is known for its anti-LGBTQ messaging. Aldrich, who according to his lawyers identifies as non-binary, comes from a conservative Republican family.

The names of the victims of the Club Q shooting are displayed as mourners hold a candlelight vigil outside 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 mass shooting at the LGBTQ nightclub.
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In an article by The Gazettepolice confirmed a message was spray-painted in black paint on a Focus on the Family sign at the department’s headquarters in Colorado Springs.

“Their blood is on your hands five lives taken,” the message read.

Police said there was no information on who may have vandalized the sign, according to The Gazette. Shortly after the discovery of the message, a Gazette the photographer found the sign covered with a plastic sheet.

Focus on the Family has previously advocated for anti-LGBTQ messages. Human Rights Campaign, an organization fighting for LGBTQ rights, published an article on Focus on the Family, calling the group the best-funded anti-LGBTQ organization in the United States.

Human Rights Campaign alleges that Focus on the Family is using the $515 million it has raised over the past five years to invest in public education campaigns against LGBTQ equality. He also accuses the evangelical group of carrying out “conversion therapy” and claims that anti-bullying campaigns in schools promote homosexuality.

In a Family Focus Q&A webpage, in response to the topic “struggling with same-sex attractions,” the department said the word “gay” is an “artificial construct.”

“[Gay is] a word that means what others say it means – nothing more, nothing less,” the webpage said. “We encourage you not to be boxed into this category.

“Do you consider yourself a Christian? If so, you will want to consider your religious beliefs very carefully and prioritize them over all other considerations,” the group continued on the page.

When the spray-painted post was shared on Twitterseveral users supported the vandalism.

“I mean there are way over 5 deaths caused by the focus on family,” one user said. tweeted.

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

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

Newsweek contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department and Focus on the Family for comment.


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