Well, this is refreshing! A major Christian leader somewhere in the world has the nerve to say it while admonishing all of those who link that fear to racism.
And, he dares to say this:
‘You can’t say, “God says you must vote this way or that way”.’
So take a lesson US Catholic Bishops, Lutherans, Evangelicals, and the rest of you supposed Christians!
From the Daily Mail:
Britain has a ‘genuine and justified’ fear of mass immigration, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared last night.
The country’s most senior churchman said it was ‘absolutely outrageous’ to dismiss the public’s legitimate concerns as racist.
Archbishop Justin Welby warned: ‘There is a genuine fear. And it is really important that that fear is listened to and addressed.
There have to be resources put in place that address those fears.’
He added: ‘What happens about housing? What happens about jobs? What happens about access to health services?’
Campaign groups last night welcomed his powerful intervention as a ‘marvellous breath of fresh air’. It comes after years in which the liberal Left has attacked those expressing concern about the unprecedented levels of immigration into Britain as bigots.
Archbishop Welby also revealed that the Church would not be taking a position in the EU referendum debate.
He was highly critical of Europe’s response to the refugee crisis, but added: ‘You can’t say, “God says you must vote this way or that way”.’
Unfortunately, Archbishop Welby still thinks the UK should take in more refugees, but I expect his position will change on that too once they come in larger numbers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is courtesy of the New York Times.