GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Black Lives Matter sign at a church on Pomona Road is back up after it was defaced last week, but the church said a telephone threat was received Saturday, one day after the sign was replaced.
The Rev. Cynthia Cain at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore on Pomona Road said the sign was placed back on the property Friday and a phone call was received Saturday at the church from an angry person.
“The person who called said, ‘Take the sign down, or else,’” Cain said. “We immediately notified the police about the phone call,” she said.
The sign was vandalized last week when someone spray-painted “All Lives Matter” over Black Lives Matter.
Galloway police Chief Donna Higbee said Thursday that any reports regarding the sign or phone calls that have been made to the church are being followed up on accordingly. The police responded after the sign was erected last month for comments that were made on the church’s Facebook page.
Cain said the sign was displayed on the church property again and the spray paint was left on the sign. Cain said the board of directors and Anti-Racism Task Force decided to put the sign back up as-is.
“People need to see the problem before it can be addressed. Part of the problem was any discussion of this issue is being attacked,” she said.
Cain said the church has scrambled to add additional security at the facility and the property after the sign was vandalized.
“The movement for Black Lives Matter is going to grow and I believe more signs will go up at churches around the country,” she said.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, displayed “Black Lives Matter” on the church’s message board, which prompted a backlash from the community, according to an NBC 10 report.
Rev. Paul Lutz of Trinity Lutheran Church said the message was displayed to prompt discussions about race.