French church targeted by vandals

04-07-2023

Western Europe

Lennart Nijenhuis, CNE.news

The doors of the building were forced open. Photo Twitter, Romain CHOISNET

“The last prophet is Mohamed.” These words must have been a shock for the pastor of an Evangelical Protestant Church in Marseille when he read them on his church.

When the pastor and his congregation came to their house of worship last Wednesday, they were confronted by smashed windows, doors that were opened by force and other demolitions. Even the furniture on the podium was overturned, Valeurs Actuelles reports.

However, in addition to the material damage, the church was also vandalised by tags. “The last prophet is Mohamed”, one of them read. And another one: “Jesus is not God.” According to InfoChretienne, this clearly shows the anti-Christian nature of this vandalism.

The pastor of the church, which is a member of the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF), filed a complaint. The CNEF has expressed its support.

Protests

The vandalism act comes amid the French riots that erupted after police officers killed a 17-year-old boy. However, it is unclear whether the actions against the church are related to the protests that broke out after the incident, Evangelical Focus writes.

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