Church Vandalized After Anti-Gay Homily in Newcastle

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: October 28, 1999

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".