Saudi Arabia? Tajikistan? No – England:
Members of the clergy are being advised to take off their dog collars when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked.
National Churchwatch, which provides personal safety advice, says vicars are attacked more often than professions such as GPs and probation officers.
The organisation’s Nick Tolson said all clergy should consider the advice, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the past decade, five vicars have been murdered.
And a 2001 academic study also found that 12% of clergy had suffered some form of violence.
In a survey of 90 London clergy Mr Tolson carried out last year, nearly half said they had been attacked in the previous 12 months.
One vicar, from Willesden, north-west London, said his vicarage had been machine-gunned – but still did not believe he had experienced violence.
I don’t know about you – but I would consider being machine-gunned as experiencing violence. Its like these liberal twits in the C of E WANT to be gunned down.
But just what are they trying to hide in this little factoid:
Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was set upon by three Asian youths shouting anti-Christian abuse when he confronted them for rowdy behaviour outside St George-in-the-East church in Shadwell, leaving him with two black eyes and cuts and bruises.
His wife, Janina Ainsworth, 56, took Palm Sunday services yesterday after Canon Ainsworth was re-admitted to hospital for his injuries. She said: “It is obvious that it does contain a religious element.
Asian yoooofs? Chinese? Japanese? Mongolian? Well, we do get some idea about the meaning of Asian from the vicar’s wife:
“Normally community relations here are very good. We have had very strong messages of support from the East London Mosque and Tower Hamlets Mosque with whom we’ve got good relations.
“Clearly the Muslim community is very shocked. These individuals were under the influence and this was a random act.”
Now why would the mosques be sending messages of support? Perhaps Asian is code for Pakistani? Clearly its code for Muslim. But the whole thing wasn’t really a surprise:
Gravestones in nearby St Dunstan’s Church in Stepney are also regularly vandalised and locals say drink and drugs problems, combined with religious differences, fuel the attacks.
Parishioner Susan Crocker said: “It is not out of the blue, they broke the glass last Easter – it’s a recurrent problem.”
At this point I am almost certain that I will see St. Paul’s converted into a mosque before I kick the bucket. They will probably leave Westminster Abby alone as some sort of English history museum, but there won’t be any crosses or anything “Christian” allowed in there.
England is lost as a Western, Christian country.