U.K. Officials Cite Scripture to Deny Iranian Man Asylum

ChurchLeaders | 3/22/2019 | Staff
iVchan (Posted by) Level 3
Click For Photo: https://churchleaders-eszuskq0bptlfh8awbb.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190322-UK-Asylum.jpg

Earlier this week, British officials refused to grant asylum to an Iranian man who had converted from from Islam to Christianity. The New York Times reports that the Home Office cited verses from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Revelation in response to the man’s statement that he had converted to Christianity after learning it was a peaceful religion.

“I have seen quite a lot of cases where the Home Office does not believe that the person has not [sic] converted from Islam to Christianity, but I have never seen anything quite like this one,” said Colin Yeo, a lawyer who specializes in immigration.

Man - Claim - Government - Tuesday - Man

The Iranian man filed his claim in 2016, and the government rejected it last Tuesday, according to the man’s case worker, Nathan Stevens, who posted excerpts from the Home Office’s refusal letter on Twitter.

The Home Office cited various verses demonstrating violence, such as one from Leviticus that says, “You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.” The refusal stated, “These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.”

Stevens - Hope - Office - Response - Tweet

Stevens described himself as “genuinely shocked” at the Hope Office’s response. In another tweet he asked, “Whatever your views on faith, how can a government official arbitrarily pick bits out of a holy book and then use them to trash someone’s heartfelt reason for coming to a personal decision to follow another faith?” The Church of England and immigration advocates have condemned the decision.

The British Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police.” It did verify that the letter was authentic, the New York Times reports that a spokesperson has responded to the incident, saying,...
(Excerpt) Read more at: ChurchLeaders
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!