“They must have brought a ladder because it’s quite high,” he said. “They’d have needed to get up there to cut the ropes and wheel it down. It’s not an accident, they haven’t blown away; it’s been done deliberately.”
London, United Kingdom — St. Mary With All Souls church in Kilburn is a progressive, accepting, LGBT-Friendly church. The church began flying the pride flag in the early days of march 2015, and one year later, they added the transgender pride flag, too.
Earlier this month, however, Vicar Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain discovered that the flags had been stolen.
But far from feeling intimidated or worried, Father Andrew was angry about it, and vowed to continue fighting discrimination.
In an interview, he said: “How dare they try and silence who we are and what we believe and think that’s an acceptable response,” he commented. “Engage in debate all you like, tell me I’m wrong to my face all you like, but don’t vandalize my church.”
Foreshew-Cain says that people’s reaction to putting the flags in the church has been enormously positive, with people taking photographs and tweeting very positive comments about it.
“That’s what’s made this case of vandalism so surprising and troubling.” he said.
“It’s an attempt to bully and silence,” he explained.
Foreshew-Cain plans to go ahead with the first London meeting of Open Table, a new worship service “for queer Christians, led by queer Christians.” The initiative began in Liverpool and has since spread throughout the UK, Buzzfeed Reports.
“My personal motto is ‘No surrender’,” he said. “Gay and lesbian people are not going away in the church. You can cut our flags down, you can refuse to licence us as priests, you can refuse to ordain us as clergy, but we’re already in the church. Get over it. We’re not going anywhere.”
Just to say to the fellow Christians who did this, we will put them back, and you cannot silence us. No surrender pic.twitter.com/IGltBGuxJK
— Andrew Foreshew-Cain (@churchnw6) October 3, 2016