Homophobic abuse sent to Rev Richard Coles just days after the death of his partner

Rev Richard Coles has described some of the homophobic abuse he has received since announcing the death of his partner, Rev David Coles.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 12:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 12:26 pm
Rev Richard Coles has revealed he's received abusive letters since the death of his partner, Rev David Coles

The vicar of Finedon said on Tuesday that his civil partner David had died following a long illness.

There has been an outpouring of support from people in Finedon and surrounding areas and also from other well-known figures.

However, today (Thursday), Mr Coles wrote: "99.99999% loveliness from people and then a small but lively correspondence from Christians who wish me to know that D is in hell and I will follow.

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"It’s like the Khmer Rouge suddenly popping up in a stream of condolence."

In another tweet, Rev Richard Coles said: "A letter, courageously unsigned, begins: “Dear Mr Coles, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to hear of the death of your partner...”

In a reply, Mr Coles added: "It continues “I have been praying for your pain for a long time now...”

Many people are writing in support of Mr Coles, with former doctor and writer Adam Kay replying: "How disgusting, Richard. I'm so sorry you have this to contend with on top of your grief. People are so disappointing."

Another Twitter user replied: "Love is Love and I'm sorry there are still people who lack humanity and compassion no matter their faith xxx."