Pro-Active Dhimmitude?

Church planning to remove pews to encourage people from other faiths to use it

A protected church with a congregation of around 40 serving a “predominantly Muslim” area has been given the go-ahead to remove its pews to try and attract more locals, its vicar said.

Nick Andrewes said the Church of England St Thomas Werneth building, in Oldham, Manchester, was only used for two services a week, and he wanted to involve it more in the lives of the wider community.

He said that taking out the seating in the Grade II-listed structure would create the space to cater to a wider flock and attend to their spiritual and material needs in an area of “significant deprivation”.