A chemical of some sort was used to burn a swastika into the lawn at Mountain City Church, formerly known as Anchorage Baptist Temple.
It is one of a series of acts of vandalism against churches in Anchorage in recent months, but in some ways it is the most serious, because of the symbol used, associated with Nazism.
Several days ago, the church was vandalized with spray paint on one of its signs.
Around Thanksgiving in November, the Anchorage Police Department received a report of vandalism at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River. The church was desecrated with graffiti depicting a penis and associated genitalia. That followed a prior incident of vandalism of the same sort two days after the Supreme Court leaked a draft opinion of its upcoming overturning of the national abortion law known as Roe v. Wade. Vandalism against churches spiked after the decision was leaked.
Must Read Alaska has reached out to Pastor Ron Hoffman at Mountain City Church for comment and will update this story.
This is the same crime, only worse in terms of damage and scope than what happened at Mad Myrna’s, a gay hangout downtown in Anchorage, and at the Jewish Museum in 2021. Anchorage police, partnering with the FBI, mounted a very public request for information about the perpetrator, who ended up being one of the regulars at Mad Myrna’s. The case quietly went away after Luke Edward Foster, age 27, was busted for using an Instagram account to sell hallucinogenic mushrooms, and was found in possession of the same swastika stickers as had been used on the Jewish Museum and Mad Myrna’s.