Just when the health and hygiene issues surrounding Occupy protests couldn't get any more repugnant, reports surfaced Monday revealing that even historic landmarks and sacred places of worship like St. Paul's Cathedral in London are not safe from defiling. The Daily Mail reports that St. Paul's staff have been handed the unpleasant task of cleaning human waste from inside the cathedral, particularly on the carpet inside the church near its West steps -- just yards away from the protests.
One clergyman was furious over the holy building being used 'as a latrine' said, "This is desecration of a very holy place. it hurts me and it hurts the staff."
The Mail adds:
St Paul's has blamed 'hangers on' and not protesters at the tented camp which closed one of London's most iconic attractions for a number of days last month.
Cathedral spokesman, The Rev Rob Marshall, told the Sunday Times: 'We are aware of these kind of problems and raising them in our daily talks with camp members who we are not presuming at all are responsible.
The cathedral was shut on health and safety grounds, but reopened on October 27.
Meanwhile, vandals have already spray-painted "666" on one of the cathedral's walls. Perhaps those responsible believe it is easier to disrespect a church by defecating on its carpet than to engage in a substantive dialogue about the political and economic issues they claim is motivation for their actions.