Offensive Graffiti and Vandalism in Church
Date of incident: November 2, 2018
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
Unknown perpetrators sprayed three walls and a prayer bench with offensive graffiti in the St. Benedikt-Kirche in Herbern. The local police spokesperson referred to the act as "antisocial behavior" and suspected "marauding teenagers" committed the vandalism sometime between 11 am and 5 pm on November 2nd.
With silver paint they sprayed words on three walls, a showcase, and a prayer bench. On the prayer bench they tried to spray the German word for slut - "Schlampe," but ran out of space.
The parish arranged for the walls to be repainted, but until then the parishioners will have to pray surrounded by vulgar graffiti.