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Vandals smash windows at Mars Hill Church in southeast Portland

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Vandals smashed nine windows with rocks at Mars Hill Church in southeast Portland overnight and a group claimed responsibility in an email sent to FOX 12.

Neighbors of the church called 911 at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday to report six people dressed in all black who had broken windows at the church.

Baseball-sized rocks were found around the church when police arrived. A Portland police spokesman said there was damage to nine standard windows and a hole in a section of the large, stained-glass window above the church's main entrance.

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FOX 12 received an email from someone using the name "Angry Queers" who claimed responsibility for the vandalism and blasted the church's agenda. Mars Hill Church representatives said they hold "traditional Bible-based views on homosexuality."

The email also targeted Portland's Q Center - a community center for Portland's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people - because Q Center representatives have been meeting with church officials.

The Q Center wasn't aware of the vandalism until receiving a call from FOX 12 on Tuesday morning. Representative Logan Lynn said the Q Center doesn't condone the vandalism and doesn't condone any illegal activity of any kind to further a cause.

Lynn said he realizes the Q Center's stance may not reflect the feelings of everyone in their community, but he said it's an accurate representation of the majority.

Lynn also said the Q Center has indeed been meeting with Mars Hill representatives for the past five months in hopes of finding some common ground between their communities. They also had been meeting with Mars Hill pastor Tim Smith for longer than that.

Mars Hill Church officials said in a statement that the vandalism "saddens us greatly as our pastors in Portland have made many efforts to build relationships with the homosexual community in Portland."

Justin Dean, Mars Hill's community relations director, estimated the damage at thousands of dollars.

Mars Hill is based in Seattle and has 14 locations in the Western U.S.

No arrests have been made in the case. Portland police are continuing to investigate.

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