EXCLUSIVE: The picture which led to the British National Party being removed from the grounds of Lichfield Cathedral has been revealed.
The party’s controversial ‘truth truck’ rolled into the city yesterday and set up stall outside the cathedral, leading the Archdeacon of Lichfield, the Ven Chris Liley, to ask them to move the van from the area.
Following the incident, the Ven Chris Liley said:
“Lichfield Cathedral is a place of Christian worship and the centre of mission for the Diocese of Lichfield. We are open to all and want everybody to feel welcome here – but people visiting the Cathedral must act in a way which does not damage the cathedral nor the welcome that we are able to offer other visitors.”
However, BNP spokesman Simon Darby told The Lichfield Blog the Cathedral had over-reacted.
“We sent our truth truck along because a lot of people in Lichfield are very upset by the planned mosque. If this was a Labour or Islamic poster would the Cathedral have taken the same action? The Archdeacon should spend more time defending the Christian faith because it needs it.”