Home Office withdraws refusal of asylum seeker after criticising the Bible in rejection letter

Mar 22, 2019 by

By Cara Bentley, Premier:

The Home Office has agreed to reconsider an asylum application after rejecting the Iranian by using Bible verses out of context to argue that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.

The Iranian who is trying to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of Christian conversion received a letter this week saying his argument that he converted to Christianity after discovering it was a peaceful religion must be false due to various passages from the Bible with violent imagery, which the letter quotes.

The letter contains quotes from Matthew, Revelation and Exodus to argue that the claimant had made an error in assuming Christianity was : “about peace, forgiveness and kindness”.

The refusal of an asylum offer stated: “These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion.”

Since then, the Church of England and Archbishop Angaelos from the Coptic Orthodox Church in London are among many to have called out the Home Office saying that they cannot refuse a case by simply criticising someone’s religion.

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