The scene inside St Simon’s Catholic Church, which was trashed during the week.

Sturgeon slams religious discrimination after attack on Catholic church 

By Bill Heaney

Anti-Catholic discrimination is a scourge on our society, and it must be eradicated, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Her statement follows the “mindless acts of vandalism” that were carried out this week on St Simon’s Roman Catholic church in Partick.

SNP member Sandra White told shocked Holyrood parliamentarians: “The shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa, which has been part of the church since the 1940s and is much loved by the Polish congregation, was desecrated.

“Can the First Minister offer guidance on what the Scottish Government can provide places of worship with to deter these senseless acts of vandalism?”

The First Minister said: “The vandalism at St Simon’s church is absolutely appalling and a complete outrage, and I am sure that everybody is of that view.

“Although it is for the police to investigate such incidents, including any motivation for them, we should all be clear that such anti-Catholic—and, in this case, possibly anti-Polish—discrimination must not be tolerated.

“Just like antisemitism or Islamophobia, anti-Catholic discrimination is a scourge on our society, and it must be eradicated.

“All places of worship, whether they be Christian churches, mosques, synagogues or temples, must be places of peace and sanctuary, and that is why the justice secretary and I have committed to exploring further what the Scottish Government can do to ensure safety and security for all faith communities and their places of worship.”


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