MCI Condemns recent acts of vandalism and hate crime

The Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following Statement through its President and Lay Leader:

"Diversity is a gift to modern society and in a civilised society Churches and graveyards should remain sacrosanct. Sadly this has not been the case in respect of those graves belonging to Jewish families. We utterly condemn the vandalising of these graves at Belfast's City Cemetery and offer our sympathy
to all those families affected.

The Rev. Dr. Tom McKnight, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland continued:

"As a Church, we also want to condemn the attack on the home of a Syrian family in Newry Co. Down.
Here was a family who escaped the on-going war in Syria and came to Ireland, "the land of a hundred
thousand welcomes" looking to find a place of safety, but found their home the subject of what the
PSNI has described as a hate crime"

The President ends his Statement

Such violent crimes have no place in today's society.

The Rev. Dr. Tom McKnight, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Mrs. Hazel Loney, Lay Leader of the Methodist Conference.

19.4.21

Contact: Rev. Roy Cooper (07710945104)
Press Officer, Methodist Church in Ireland.