D.C. police are seeking to identify the person who hand-delivered a letter with an anti-gay and racist message to the home of gay ANC commissioner and at-large City Council candidate Marc Morgan late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
The printed letter, which Morgan said was folded and placed in his mailbox, addresses him by name.
“God hates fags – we hate you,” says the letter, which is written in all capital letters. “Go die now…and we know where U live too.”
Morgan said he saw the folded letter sticking out of his mailbox as he left his house about 10 a.m. Thursday. He said he immediately contacted D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who arranged for Third District officers to investigate the incident.
According to Morgan, an officer conducting the investigation listed the matter as a “bias motivated incident.” Other officers with the department’s crime scene unit came to his house on 2nd Street, N.W., in the city’s LeDroit Park neighborhood to look for fingerprints and took photos. He said police were also looking into whether a suspect might be identified through video footage taken by several video surveillance cameras that are stationed in the neighborhood.
“This is not politics,” said Morgan, who is running for the Council seat as a Republican. “This has nothing to do with me running for Council. This person is trying to jeopardize my safety and I just want him thrown in jail.”
Added Morgan: “This is me stepping into the role of a father now because I have a son. And I don’t want someone running around my house scaring my family or scaring my neighbors or making vicious remarks or attacks on me.”
Morgan said he discovered the letter a little over an hour after he received a Twitter message from a man who denounced him as an “abomination” in the eyes of God. The man, who self identifies as Muslim, apparently sent his Twitter message to Morgan in response to a Twitter message that Morgan posted one day earlier.
In the earlier message, Morgan said he expressed concern that members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas were planning to come to Washington next week to protest an LGBT Pride event organized by students at Woodrow Wilson High School and the city’s annual Capital Pride Parade.
“I posted something saying we don’t need that kind of hatred here in the District of Columbia,” Morgan told the Blade. “And it just sort of seems that right after I posted it all this craziness broke out.”
Although the anonymous letter and the Twitter messages – sent by a man identifying himself as
“Unity Flow” and “Mustafa” – appeared to have surfaced around the same time, Third District Officer Perry Morgan told him the two did not appear to be connected or sent by the same person.
The officer, who’s not related to Marc Morgan, was less certain about whether the letter writer has a connection to the Westboro Baptist Church or was merely imitating the church’s anti-gay rhetoric, Marc Morgan said. The church’s members repeatedly use the term “God hates fags” in its literature and in the placards they hold while staging anti-gay protests.
“We didn’t know if it was somebody affiliated with that church or maybe pretending to be affiliated with that church,” Morgan said.
“It never ceases to amaze me how cowards love to use the veil of anonymity and secrecy to threaten, intimidate and bully,” said Robert Turner, the gay executive director of the D.C. Republican Party.
“We will work with MPD and hope they quickly find the culprit,” Turner said in a statement.
Morgan is running for the Council seat being vacated by Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), who’s running for mayor. All of the candidates running for the seat have expressed support for LGBT rights.