‘We should chal­lenge racism and xeno­pho­bia’

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A PRIEST from Mar­ket Bos­worth has is­sued a wake-up call to con­front pop­ulist and far-right think­ing in Bri­tain.

Canon David Jen­nings warned against the “ex­plo­sion of ha­tred di­rected pri­mar­ily against mi­grants, whether in the United States, Italy, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Swe­den, Brazil and Great Bri­tain”.

The for­mer min­is­ter at St Cather­ine’s Burbage said: “The threats against the asy­lum car­a­van trav­el­ling to­wards armed troops in Amer­ica, with pop­u­lar sup­port in the US, is in­dica­tive of this level of fear and ha­tred.

“To de­scribe these des­per­ate peo­ple as an in­va­sion is a per­ver­sion of the truth.”

He said sup­port for racist and Is­lam­o­pho­bic and fig­ures such as Tommy Robin­son in our coun­try “should elicit a wake-up call to con­front this evil”.

He said: “The Church, if it is noth­ing else, is an agent of moral­ity, moral con­cern and en­light­ened think­ing.

“We should chal­lenge racism, pop­ulism and xeno­pho­bia how­ever it is rep­re­sented and wher­ever it is ev­i­denced.”

Rev Jen­nings signed a man­i­festo or­gan­ised by clergy in Le­ices­ter Dio­cese in re­ac­tion to trends that “un­der­mine the gospel prin­ci­ples of love, in­clu­sion, hos­pi­tal­ity and ser­vice”.

The man­i­festo called on Chris­tians to chal­lenge pop­ulist ide­olo­gies in the churches and so­ci­ety, to work with ec­u­meni­cal part­ners to com­bat these is­sues and to en­cour­age in­volve­ment in groups such as Hope not Hate and Unite against Fas­cism.

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