Katie Hopkins has claimed that ‘British churches are under attack’ after thugs desecrated a Catholic church in Glasgow.
Reacting to news that St Simon’s Church in Partick, Glasgow, was vandalised on Sunday 29th April, the controversial media personality tweeted a day later: ‘British churches are under attack’.
Attaching photos from the ransacked church, including a smashed statue of Jesus on the floor, Hopkins added: ‘This is the Roman Catholic Parish Church of St Simon, Partick, Glasgow – vandalised yesterday.
‘Locals say ‘the statues were destroyed, the altar attacked, it is so upsetting. The week of the Divine Mercy is an important part of our faith’.’
While police investigating the attack said there was no initial evidence to suggest the incident was sectarian or a hate crime, the Archdiocese of Glasgow condemned the ‘shameful’ attack and asked for the public’s help to find the perpetrators.
‘Whatever the motive this is a shameful attack on a much loved church,’ the archdiocese posted on its Facebook page. ‘Let’s help find those responsible. This kind of activity is unacceptable. Anyone with information should contact the Police, Crimestoppers (call 101) or message @CrimestopSCOT’.
Meanwhile, Scottish Catholic Video makers Sancta Familia Media urged politicians to act.
In a tweet directed to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; leader of the Scottish Labour Party Richard Leonard; and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, the organisation wrote: ‘Disgusting destruction in St Simon’s Catholic Church Glasgow. Catholics just want to worship in peace and we are seeing more graffitti and vandalism. What are the parties doing about these issues? @NicolaSturgeon @LabourRichard @RuthDavidsonMSP’.
Picture: St Simon’s in Partick, Glasgow, following the attack.