British Church leaders condemn the “far-right” group’s campaign against Islam
The Church leaders of the Britain have all condemned the march against islam by the “Far-Right” group following their recent march and campaign through a Muslim area of Luton. The group as lead by Paul Golding, a former British National Party councillor have claimed that they are aimed at achieving “the maintenance of British national sovereignty, independence and freedom" and for a return to “Christian culture".
In an interview Golding, speaking for his group inferred that; that Britain “is built on Christianity", and that “Jesus Christ did use physical violence according to the Gospels in the temple in Jerusalem, and he met a very violent end. He preached love and forgiveness etc, but he also said he didn’t come to bring peace; he came to bring division and a sword, he came to bring fire upon the world to sort the world out."
Representatives from fourteen different churches in Britain responded to the Huffington Post, condemning the activities of the “Far-Right” group, indicating that it in no way represent any true Christian.
“It’s extremely painful for any Christian when the name of Jesus Christ is hijacked to justify hatred and to spread fear and mistrust. It is actually a kind of blasphemy." said Fr Damian Howard SJ, on behalf of the Catholic Church.
He said he had “no hesitation in denouncing their [Britain First’s] crude and divisive tactics as totally contrary to the true spirit of Christian love."
“Catholics and others will follow the spiritual leadership of Pope Francis who encourages us all to welcome the stranger and to set out on the path of dialogue with people of other religions" Fr Howard added.