“Black Lives Matter” Banner Stolen from New Jersey’s Unitarian Universal Church

In this Jan. 2016 photo provided by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, the stolen "Black Lives Matter" banner is pictured. (photo provided)
In this Jan. 2016 photo provided by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, the stolen “Black Lives Matter” banner is pictured. (photo provided)

A township church said its “Black Lives Matter” banner was stolen earlier this week ahead of a scheduled community discussion to address the topic.

The banner, which hung at Unitarian Universal Church, was reported missing on Tuesday. In a Facebook post, the church said the banner that hung for three weeks near Kings Highway had the cords supporting it cut.

“We had a couple of non-positive interactions with folks,” Rev. Christian Schmidt said Thursday. “I was happy to see people interacting, honestly.”

In photos from Feb. 9, cut cords are seen wrapped around the wooden frame that supported the orange and black banner which read, “Black Lives Matter. Join the Discussion Here.”

The banner was hung ahead of a Feb. 25 community discussion titled “Black Lives Matter in South Jersey.” That event, to be held at 7 p.m. at the church along Kings Highway, is open the public.

“Everyone’s invited,” Schmidt said. “The banner says, ‘Join the Discussion Here.'”

The church shared the initial hanging of the banner in a Jan. 17 Facebook post.

“Excuse me, but don’t ALL lives matter,” wrote one user, to which the church responded, “Yes, but all lives are not being threatened equally.”

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SOURCE: NJ.com
Greg Adomaitis