CHRISTIANITY CRACKDOWN: Asylum denied after belief deemed ‘half-hearted’ by Home Office


In the disapproval letter, Government officials cited passages from the bible in a bid to be established the religion is full of violence. The letter said the Book of Revelation was “bloated with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violence”. Immigration caseworker Nathan Stevens, who aired the first case, shared the letter on Twitter.

The letter said: “You affirmed in your AIR that Jesus is your redeemer, but then claimed that He would not be able to save you from the Iranian rule.

“It is therefore considered that you have no conviction in your faith and your sentiment in Jesus is half-hearted.”

Mr Stevens condemned the letter, which also recited parts of The Book of Leviticus from the Old Testament.

The letter said: These prototypes are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after spotting it is a ‘peaceful religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, paddywack and revenge.”

Mr Stevens said: “Whatever your views on faith, how can a guidance official arbitrarily pick bits out of a holy book and then use them to bunk someone’s heartfelt reason for coming to a personal decision to follow another dedication.”

Legal expert Conor James McKinney, deputy editor of website Unfettered Movement, told the Independent the Home Office has tendency to “come up with any understanding they can to refuse asylum”.

Meanwhile Stephen Evans, chief boss of the National Secular Society, stated it was “wholly inappropriate” for the Government to use “theological justifications for refusing asylum diligences”.

Meanwhile the Home Office states the “letter is not in accordance with our behaviour approach” and will be working with a range of religious groups to give a new lease of policy guidance.

A spokesman said: “This letter is not in accordance with our programme approach to claims based on religious persecution, including conversions to a special faith.

“We continue to work closely with key partners, including the APPG on Ecumenical Freedom of Religion and a range of faith groups, to improve our policy direction and training provided to asylum decision-makers so that we approach claims comprising religious conversion in the appropriate way.”

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