Thursday, September 29, 2005


Methodist church attacked

I was disgusted to hear that a north Belfast Methodist church was targeted with paint bombs today in a sectarian attack.

Rev Peter Mercer said that it was the second attack in two days. He said while there had been problems in other areas of Whitewell community relations in the vicinity of the Methodist Church in Greencastle had been good.

"It's annoying and saddening more than anything else," he said.

He added that locals helped clean the mess, and that local Catholics had stopped him to express their sympathy for the congregation and condemn the attack.

"I was hardly out of the car when the Catholic woman across the road came to express her condolences," he said.

The SDLP's Deputy Mayor Pat Convey and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly have condemned the attack.

Allow me to add my voice to the condemnation. What a despicable act altogether. I'm pleased to see Catholics showing solidarity with the Methodists. It's the only way to beat these sick bigots.

I mean what does attacking a church prove?

The people who did this are vile and should be ashamed of themselves.


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