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The U.K. Home Office said it would take a second look at an Iranian Christian's asylum claim after the department first denied the application because, they argued, Christianity is not a peaceful religion.
The department faced international criticism for attacking Christianity as a violent religion in a letter stating their reasons for denying the Christian convert's asylum application.
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“The Home Office have agreed to withdraw their refusal and to reconsider our client’s asylum application, offering us a chance to submit further representations. A good start, but more change is needed,” the Iranian's caseworker, Nathan Stevens, tweeted on March 22.
Stevens added that he hopes “there will be real change though as it isn't all about this one case; there's a much wider problem to be addressed here.”
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On his Twitter page, Stevens said that several years ago, in another asylum applicant's refusal letter, the Home Office attacked an applicant's faith in Jesus, saying: "You affirmed in your AIR that Jesus is your saviour, but then claimed that He would not be able to save you from the Iranian regime. It is therefore considered that you have no conviction in your faith and your belief in Jesus is half-hearted.”
Stevens posted photos of the rejection letter sent to the Christian convert asylum seeker in which the Home Office quoted verses from the Bible to argue that he converted from Islam to Christianity because he considered the latter a religion of peace.
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“These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it's a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge,” the Home Office said, in part, in the letter Stevens publicly shared on March 19.
The rejection letter quoted a few verses from the Bible books of Exodus, Leviticus, Matthew and Revelation that contained violent imagery...
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