Getting Rid of Turbulent Priests
The Bishop of Exeter has launched a stinging rebuke against alleged "abusive and bullying" tactics used by turbine protesters, which has forced the diocese to withdraw plans in order to protect clergy.
He said the diocese remained "deeply committed" both to the protection of rural Devon and to reducing its carbon footprint, but claimed clergy and officers had been subjected to "hostility", "outright verbal abuse", and "abusive and bullying tactics".
He said: "I and many of my colleagues have received very unpleasant letters and those who have attended public meetings in a genuine effort to explain the thinking behind our proposals have been shouted down and called liars."
The Diocese had previously said it was among the first wave of areas across Britain to be trialling the turbine approach in a Church of England bid to reduce its carbon footprint.