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.