Love Thy Neighbour: December 2011 Archives

December 5, 2011

Neopagan site destroyed in suspected hate attack

Wales: A stone circle built by neopagan students as a temple has been destroyed in what police believe to be a religiously-motivated hate crime. The circle has regularly been vandalised, but this time it is not the work of casual hooligans.

The steps giving access to the site, in the grounds of the town's Trinity Saint David University campus, were also torn apart.

Police believe that weapons, such as crow bars and pick axes, may have been used to deliberately cause as much damage to the area as possible.

Lampeter Pc Richard Marshall told town councillors at a meeting last week that the site had been maliciously taken apart and is now unsafe to use.

He also noted that the attack would have received considerably more coverage had it been a church.

While the Telegraph noted the presence of a strong Theology department at Lampeter, the town is only about 25 miles/40km from Christian extremist Steve "Birdshit" Green's stamping ground of Carmarthen. The estimated fuel costs for the journey say it all, really.

Pagan stone circle may have been destroyed in religious hate attackThe Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2011.

December 3, 2011

African witchcraft round-up

Africa: There are a few recent stories related to African witchcraft beliefs.

Religious hate crime on the up.

United Kingdom: Religious control freaks were responsible for at least 2,823 "honour" attacks last year. And that's just the ones reported to those police forces which record such incidents. The figures came to light as the result of a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation.

Its director Diana Nammi said families often tried to deny the existence of honour attacks and those who carried them out were very much respected.

She told the BBC: The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community's honour and reputation.

She added that there was not enough support for victims, and many needed continuing help and protection.

'Honour' attack numbers revealed by UK police forcesBBC News, 3rd December 2011.

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