Condemnation from all sections of the community has followed a sectarian attack on a Protestant church at the weekend.
Graffiti was daubed on the walls of Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church in Londonderry overnight on Saturday.
Presbyterian Moderator Dr Rob Craig yesterday visited the church to show his support in the wake of the attack, which has provoked outrage from all quarters, religious leaders and politicians alike.
Dr Craig said: “The reaction of the local community both in private and in public has been one of total and overwhelming support.
“I would fully endorse the message of the Ballyarnett congregation which is to one and all, ‘You are welcome!’”
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the attack did not just deface the church but also “besmirched the name of the community”.
Mr Durkan’s colleague and Londonderry Mayor Martin Reilly said the attack was “unacceptable”.
“There is no support for this type of activity, especially at a time when we are making huge steps towards inclusivity and a shared future for all citizens,” he said.
Bishop Ken Good, from the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, said: “Our city has made enormous strides to build bridges and distressing incidents like this are the work of a small, unrepresentative minority.”
Foyle Ulster Unionist Party chairman Ronnie Keegan added his condemnation of the incident.