Church Vandalized After Anti-Gay Homily in Newcastle

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: October 28, 1999

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Private



Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle upon Tyne was covered with obscene phrases and pornographic graffiti after Rev. Holloway preached about homosexuality in the teachings of the Bible. The graffiti included drawings of men having sex, and insulting expressions such as "Holloway Out", "Bigot" and "Down with Holloway".

The media reported that before the church was vandalized, "Stonewall", a gay activist group, had held a meeting at Newcastle Civic Centre during which "action against the Christian Institute and Jesmond Parish Church was openly discussed".

Sources:

http://www.christian.org.uk/rel_liberties/cases/jpc.htm

http://listserv.virtueonline.org/pipermail/virtueonline_listserv.virtueonline.org/1999-October/000805.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/1999/oct/23/religion.uk2

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Vicar+shocked+by+gay+graffiti+attack+on+church.-a060485240
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesmond_Parish_Church