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Police investigate 'Religious Hate Crime' as Christian Party Office Vandalised after launch of Anti-Atheist Bus Poster Launch

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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Sunday 15 February 2009

Police investigate ‘Religious Hate Crime’ as Christian Party Office Vandalised after launch of  Anti-Atheist Bus Poster Launch


THE METROPOLITAN Police have launched an investigation into ‘religious hate crime’ after the headquarters of the Christian Party were vandalised within hours of the launch of a two week bus poster campaign in response to the Humanist Society’s ‘There probably is no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life’ bus advertisement.

The Christian Party launched their campaign on Thursday (12 February) with 50 buses carrying the message ‘There definitely is a God.  So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life’. When Christian Party workers arrived at the east London office on Saturday morning they found the shop front window smashed.

Christian Party leader Revd George Hargreaves said: “I believe this is the dark side of atheistic secular fundamentalism at work – a vicious hatred all too often accompanied by a violent response to anything pertaining to God.  We, however, are not cowed by this action.  On the contrary, we are even more resolved to continue to fight good fight of faith.”

The Christian Party are to launch a six week campaign in Scotland on the 24 February and other initiatives are planned.  Police have visited the Christian Party’s offices and are treating the incident as a suspected religious hate crime.

ENDS.

Note to Editors:

The Revd George Hargreaves sits on the All Faith Safer Neighbourhood Forum Steering Committee, which monitors the Police response to religious hate crime.

Pictures of the vandalised window are available and interviews/pictures are available by contacting Revd George Hargreaves on 07985 092528.


For further details call:

Revd George Hargreaves on 07985 092528

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