The far-right activist group ‘Britain First’ has seen its effort to identify as a Christian group backfire massively all over their stupid faces.
Recently, the group embarked on a march through Luton bearing crosses to reflect their supposed ‘Christian values’.
Well, they may now want to rethink that identity, as every major denomination of the Christian Church in Britain has since slammed the group publicly.
The Huffington Post approached the Church of England, the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical Alliance, the Quaker Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, the Progressive Christianity Network, the Christian Institute, the Christian Action Research & Education and Christian Voice.
Not one of them endorsed the actions of the hateful, migrant fearing activists.
Director of advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance, Dr David Landrum told the Huffington Post:
Let’s get this straight. Britain First do not speak for Christians. Their message of hate is entirely at odds with the Christian faith, and their self-styled ‘Christian patrols’ are very much at odds with the healing effect of the gospel.
So, I can speak with confidence for many when I say ‘not in my name’.
Speaking for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Rev. Dr. Damian Howard S.J. said:
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.
His is always the path of peace and reconciliation, of self-sacrifice and costly love, including for the stranger. I have no idea whether the members of Britain First seriously try to practice the Christian faith or regularly go to Church, though I have my doubts.
Stephen Keyworth, Faith and Society Team Leader at the Baptist Union of Great Britain, was similarly damning of the group.
Britain First doesn’t speak for Christians, and a divisive street patrol like this doesn’t represent gospel values.
The list goes on, and on, and on some more.
Basically, the shallow attempts of Britain First to exploit Christian ideals as a means of inciting conflict between Muslim citizens and their own group has been seen straight through.
Well done guys, keep up the horrendous work that exposes your values for what they truly are.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.