LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Hindu temple was vandalized at some point between Sunday night and Tuesday morning with hateful messages spray painted along walls.
During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Greg Fischer said vandals broke through windows to get inside the temple. (Watch full news conference at bottom of story.)
Fischer called these acts “cowardly and unacceptable," emphasizing that what was spray painted on the walls were “repugnant messages of hate."
“The miserable and misguided people who did this, and I will call them cowards,” Fischer said. “When you break into a house of worship like this and think you’re doing something, you’re a coward.”
The majority of the messages were different variations of the phrase “Jesus is the only God.” There were also expletives spray painted in another room.
Windows were broken and cabinets were emptied.
Fischer invited the community out to “paint away the hate” on Saturday, Feb. 2 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
State Rep. Nima Kulkarni, the first Kentuckian of Indian origin to be elected to the state legislature, attributed the act to a “growing atmosphere of animosity.”
“Let me be clear, this was an act of divisiveness,” Kulkarni said. “It was an act of intimidation. It was an act intended to weaken our faith.”
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said the “desecration of this temple is heartbreaking.” As he cited other similar instances around the city, he vowed LMPD will do their best to find the person who did this.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 502-574-LMPD (5673).