UK Government: Bible “Bloodthirsty”…editor
The Home Office turned down a Christian convert’s bid for asylum in an ‘unbelievably offensive’ letter quoting bloodthirsty passages from the bible to prove Christianity is not a religion of peace.
The Iranian national claimed asylum in 2016, but was turned down, with Home Office officials saying his conversion from Islam was ‘inconsistent’ with his claim Christianity was a peaceful religion – by highlighting violent passages from the bible.
In the refusal letter six passages are listed and a claim is made that Revelations is filled with ‘images of revenge, destruction, death and violence.’
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The Home Office letter is a masterpiece in ignorance. The examples given in the letter to “prove” that Christianity is not a peaceful religion are breath-taking in their ignorance. The author of the letter clearly has no idea whatsoever of the nature and purpose of the Book of Revelation and shows absolutely no comprehension of the well-known practice of hyperbole (exaggerating to make a point) which Our Lord uses when teaching.
Thus, it is inexcusable to quote, as evidence of “bloodthirsty”, Our Lord’s statement that He had not come to bring peace but a sword, without checking out if Christ was speaking literally about a sword or whether the verse meant something else – especially in light of the fact that when Peter took up a sword to defend Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus rebuked him and told him to put away his sword, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Any half-educated A-Level student of the Old and New Testaments could have explained the verses quoted by the author of the Home Office letter, so it is scandalous that whoever composed it did not have the wit to do a fact-check before putting it in the post. Numpty.
This Home Office letter is a scandal, and is of particular interest in light of the reports emerging that Shamima Begum’s family take Home Secretary to court over decision to revoke her citizenship
We’ll be watching the progress of Shamima Begum’s case very closely, indeed, to see if she – a self-confessed enemy of the UK who left these shores to support a terrorist organisation intent on destroying western societies, with no expression of regret or contrition for her choices; quite the reverse – is permitted to return while a Muslim convert to Christianity is refused asylum here on the basis of an entirely false – and lamentably ignorant – reading of the Bible.
Worryingly, this is the narrative today. Appease and pacify muslims and demonise Christians. Also, imply that terrorist threats from the far-right/white supremacist brigade are as big a danger as threats from Islamic extremists. According to ‘The Religion of Peace’ website: https://www.thereligionofpeace.com Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 34,751 deadly terror attacks worldwide since 9/11. No-one can deny that deadly attacks by far-right/white supremacists are a tiny fraction of that figure. Clearly, all killing is wrong, but what western governments have largely failed to grasp is that one kind of extremism usually breeds extremism of the opposing kind.
You are completely right – there’s no comparison between the number and kind of Islamist terrorist attacks and the “far right” attacks, not that the latter can be justified under any circumstances. It just amazes me how the commentators on TV jump in to point out the “far right” attacks every time there is a mention of the Islamist attacks. Why are they so much in favour of keeping up the narrative that Islam is a peaceful religion and it is the rest of us who are bigoted etc?
The case of Asia Bibi is an example of the Government’s favouring of Islam over Christianity. I copied this from a newspaper report (and will put the link at the end)
“Britain has not offered asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman freed after eight years on death row for blasphemy because of fear it would prompt “unrest” in the UK and attacks on embassies, her supporters claim.
Asia Bibi and her family had appealed for sanctuary in Britain after her conviction was quashed by Pakistan’s supreme court.
The acquittal of the 53-year-old Catholic farmworker prompted days of demonstrations by hardline Islamist parties in Pakistan who had campaigned for her to be hanged.”
That is so unjust that she, a Catholic, is denied asylum in Britain while known terrorist supporters, like Shamima Begum and others who have been allowed back into the country, are at the very least debated and given a fair hearing. If anyone dares to quote the Koran as a reason why Shamima Begum must not be allowed back into the country, all Hell would break loose. We are definitely not given a level playing field. It’s as if Britain is now a Muslim country and the rest of us have to toe the line.
I am grateful to you for reminding us about the plight of Asia Bibi – what a lot of suffering she’s had to endure. And it’s appalling that she has been refused entry into the UK. It is just impossible to fathom the mentality of some of these politicians.
Many thanks for those statistics. Nobody can argue with the facts, so that link is much appreciated.
Also, please see this link: https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/attacks.aspx?Yr=Last30 In the last 30 days alone there were 102 Islamic attacks in 20 countries, in which 703 people were killed and 724 injured. Where is the outrage over these deaths in the mainstream media, that we have seen over the Christchurch killings? Or do some lives matter and others don’t?
“Where is the outrage over these deaths in the mainstream media, that we have seen over the Christchurch killings?”
Exactly. Nobody would dream that those were the facts; it’s all one-way traffic and even when there is an atrocity by Muslim terrorists, there’s an immediate flood of politicians and commentators saying that this is a minority, that Islam is a religion of peace. There is definitely no equality in this.
We are agreed – WF has provided irrefutable evidence, not just of the huge number of Islamist attacks spread over 20 countries, with hundreds killed and injured, but he has also provided clear evidence of the media cover-up.
Even MI5 make the same point: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/03/21/mi5-number-of-far-right-terror-cases-absolutely-dwarfed-by-the-number-of-islamist-cases/
Your links are so informative, but how does the media get away with such skewed reporting, and why would they want to do that? It’s really weird.
I think the “why would they want to do that…” i.e. cover up / not report these atrocities, has to be fear of reprisals. What else?
It’s not weird really when you think about it. Satan and his witting and unwitting minions control vast swathes of the mainstream media. The few pieces which he hasn’t got his cloven hoofs on yet are dismissed as ‘extreme’ or ‘irrelevant’
That Home Office letter is outrageous. Whoever wrote it should be sacked, not just given a so-called slap on the wrist.
If it had been the other way round, and someone from a Muslim country was having the Koran quoted back at them as a reason not to get into the UK or remain in the UK, there would be an outcry.
As for Asia Bibi – it’s a total disgrace that she’s been refused asylum here. She is in real danger – of being hanged, no less by hardliner Islamists and yet still she is not allowed in. It’s disgraceful.
It’s not right that there should be any “far right” attacks on Muslims, I definitely think that’s wrong, but you can see how it has come about. There really isn’t equality.
I agree that the author of the Home Office letter should be sacked. I won’t, however, hold my breath.
I came across this discussion about Shamima Begum on Sky – I’ve noticed a trend for a while now, where people seem to think it’s OK to be racist towards white people (including white people, LOL!) I’d be interested to hear what others think of this woman’s logic in arguing that we are to blame for the Shamima Begum situation. She keeps referring to Shamima as a “child” when she went to support ISIS but I don’t think of 16 year old as children. They are young adults, adolescents.
I’m going to risk sounding very uncharitable (and no doubt be accused of being racist!) by saying that I found that young woman Afua, insufferable. She has some nerve.
I am horrified to learn that umpteen of these ISIS supporters have been allowed back into the country – with only some of them going to prison. It’s beyond belief. Anyone who goes there to support those terrorists, even if they don’t do anything themselves, should do jail time IMHO. No matter how short, they ought to have a prison record.
I’ve had an email from a reader who tells me she’s hearing people say that we all – Jews, Muslims, Christians – worship the same God. I thought I’d post the link to the discussion we had on this subject a while back. It’s a common error. We do NOT worship the same God.
This case was jaw dropping and it highlights both the worrying ignorance of officialdom, regarding the faith which built this nation, but also the glib fashion in which asylum claims are dealt with.
You can bet the home office went out its way to suggest Christianity is not peaceful, in order to show how even handed it is with regard to turning away bloodthirsty islamists.
it is worrying that, whatever skills the home office looks for in its staff, “having a brain” and “knowing what you are talking about” are not amongst them.
Happily, they have agreed to reconsider this mans case:
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