UK: Discrimination Against Christian Refugees

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

The British government appears recently to have decided that it would like to give the impression that it cares about persecuted Christians. Prime Minister Theresa May said in Parliament on July 18:

"As a Government we stand with persecuted Christians all over the world and will continue to support them. It is hard to comprehend that today we still see people being attacked and murdered because of their Christianity, but we must reaffirm our determination to stand up for the freedom of people of all religions and beliefs and for them to be able to practise their beliefs in peace and security."

The British Government even recently appointed its first Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, a former minister, filling the post. According to the government, the role "will promote the UK's firm stance on religious tolerance abroad, helping to tackle religious discrimination in countries where minority faith groups face persecution".

Prime Minister May said she looked "forward to supporting [Lord Ahmad] in this new role as he works with faith groups and governments across the world to raise understanding of religious persecution and what we can do to eliminate it."

Perhaps the UK should not be so quick to preach to others, when it does not appear to be doing much at home to help Syrian Christians, who have been among the most persecuted for their faith since the civil war in Syria began seven years ago:

According to information obtained from the UK Home Office by the Barnabas Fund, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during the first quarter of 2018, recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK, of which only four refugees were Christians (no Yazidis were recommended). The Home Office agreed to resettle 1,112 of these refugees, all of whom were Muslims, and refused to accept the Christians.

This decision was made despite the fact that approximately 10% of the pre-2011 population of Syria was Christian – a number that has reportedly fallen to 5%. There were also an estimated 70,000 Yazidis in Syria. Yazidis, with Christians, were among the groups most viciously targeted by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In 2017, moreover, according to the Barnabas Fund, the UNHCR recommended 7,060 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK, of whom only 25 were Christians and seven were Yazidis. The Home Office ended up accepting 4,850 Syrian refugees – of whom only 11 were Christians.

While the UK appears to favor Muslim refugees over Christian ones, the fault does not lie with the UK alone. Lord David Alton of Liverpool, a life peer in the House of Lords, wrote in a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid:

"There is widespread belief, justified or not, among the religious minorities of Syria that the UNHCR is biased against them. The UK has a legal obligation to ensure it does not turn a blind eye to either direct or indirect perceived discrimination by the UN.

"It is widely accepted that Christians, who constituted around 10 per cent of Syria's pre-war population, were specifically targeted by jihadi rebels and continue to be at risk.

"...As last year's statistics more than amply demonstrate, this is not a statistical blip. It shows a pattern of discrimination that the Government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address."

There certainly does appear to be "a pattern of discrimination" that has been ongoing since at least 2015. According to the Barnabas Fund, the UNHCR, in 2016, recommended 7,499 refugees to the UK, of whom only 27 were Christians and five were Yazidis. In 2015, out of 2,637 recommended refugees, 43 were Christians and 13 were Yazidis.

In December 2016, Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute, asked the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees at the time, António Guterres, to explain the disproportionately low number of Syrian Christians resettled abroad by the UN. "Mr. Guterres said that generally Syria's Christians should not be resettled, because they are part of the 'DNA of the Middle East,'" writes Shea.

Guterres' statement was a blunt admission of the UN's apparent disregard for Christian lives, not least because only 9 months earlier, in March 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry had said, "(ISIS) is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims". The UN itself stated in September 2005:

"[A]t the United Nations World Summit, all Member States formally accepted the responsibility of each State to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. that all member states had accepted "the responsibility of each State to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity... world leaders also agreed that when any State fails to meet that responsibility, all States (the "international community") are responsible for helping to protect people threatened with such crimes.".

The apparent discrimination against Christians by the United Kingdom and the UNHCR is all the more disturbing in light of studies that find Christians to be the most persecuted faith in the world. Christians are "the most widely targeted religious community, suffering terrible persecution globally", according to a 2017 study by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute and Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Research Project. In June, the ninth annual Pew Research Center report on global religious restrictions also found that Christianity was still the world's most persecuted faith, with Christians being harassed in more countries (144) than any other group.

In light of these facts, it would certainly appear, as Lord Alton states in his letter, that the UK has indeed been "turning a blind eye" to the plight of Christian (and Yazidi) refugees for several years. Now that May has announced that her government stands with persecuted Christians all over the world, the question remains: What specific initiatives, other than empty words, does the UK government aim to take to rectify the damage that has already been done and to prevent further damage?

The UN recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in Britain during the first quarter of 2018, of whom only four were Christians. The UK Home Office agreed to resettle 1,112 of these refugees, all of whom were Muslims, and refused to accept the Christians. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Comments

Mementoil Lost in translation Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:43 Permalink

Looking back, scholars will call this age "the age of insanity", or alternatively "the age of corruption".
The more you look, the more you discover a systematic failure of all our institutions, from the bottom to the very top, at almost each and every nation on the face of the Earth. The people who were trusted with keeping our borders, our laws, our knowledge, our collective narrative, our very ethos as a civilization - have all betrayed us, as though some immense power is forcing them to destroy what they were meant to preserve.
 

I don't believe in god, but there is something demonic about it.

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Hoffman Lenz Mementoil Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:28 Permalink

lol.
Looking back the 'scholars' will call this 'The Age Of Allahs Final Victory'.
Just watch as the Western European nations fall to Sharia law.
There are 3 Abrahamic religions and their callsigns are:

Peace be with you.
Be a sub-human slave, or die.
Convert, or die.

Can you figure out which is which?

One of the religions has destroyed the social structures of another, so that the third will take over.

Can you figure out which is which?

The first religion hopes it can maintain control using technology.
The second religion hardly exists in it's original form due to the first.
The third religion will overwhelm the others through sheer numbers.

I pray that I am wrong.

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lock-stick Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:13 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• ssk81646 (above)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (above)

•• Free This (coming, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

 

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FBaggins lock-stick Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

Mementoil above has a grasp of the problem in the ZH posting and is looking for a solution, saying something very thought provoking, at least to some people in the link: "The people who were trusted with keeping our borders, our laws, our knowledge, our collective narrative, our very ethos as a civilization - have all betrayed us, as though some immense power is forcing them to destroy what they were meant to preserve."

Perhaps the problem with ourselves and the people we are duped into allowing to govern us, is our loss of the authority of reason which is based on truth and not on fantasy. Coincidently, at the same time we as a civilization have lost our ability to connect the dots and the will to continue with the good things of our civilization to better govern our lives, our nations, and our futures, we witness the radical decline of Christianity with the rule of the so-called "secular" establishment which has mainly been led for the past 150 years by organizations like the Masons or the Marxists who have done everything in their power to destroy any moral authority of Christianity while they continue to reduce everything to crass materialism, hedonism, and utter meaninglessness.

Mementoil is right, "there is something demonic about it". However, the demonic forces can only rule when we kick God out of our lives, which as a civilization we have most certainly done.

 

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FBaggins FBaggins Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

Who can deny those in the highest positions in our society are those who are honored chiefly for their wealth and their power, and even for their indulgences in every form of pleasure the world can offer? The Christian way, which the Western establishment has rejected, puts restraints on these things, and teaches that the unchecked pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasure is ultimately destructive to the human soul and to society at large. On a personal level in order to find truth, meaning, peace, happiness and ultimately God, such ends become obstacles. When a sufficient number of people in a society are open to divine incentive to restrain their temporal, or law-of-the-jungle type appetites for truly higher ends, what results is more balance and justice regarding the means used to attain various ends, more co-operation and trust between people, more truth, a better choice of leaders, better marriages, more well-adjusted children, less corruption, and less violence, vice, crime, and wars.  

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RedBaron616 keep the basta… Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:40 Permalink

Sorry, it wasn't England who set up the terrorist IRA whose heroic deeds involved killing families in cold blood. Screw Ireland. They will never make anything of themselves. If the Roman Catholics don't like Northern Ireland, they can move with their brethren is the wonderful land of Ireland. Wonder why they aren't moving. Perhaps Ireland is not paradise. Imagine that.

Trapped Scots, eh? I suppose we should let them have their Socialist paradise and let THEM pay for it. Scotland will be competing with Venezuela before too long!

Not to mention that this has NOTHING to do with the story.

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SocratesSolutions Lost in translation Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

Come on guys. It is not suicide. It is genocide right in your now-Jewish faces. 

The Jews hate you dumb Christians. That's why they will 911 you for their own plans. Who do you think is flooding Europe with migrants? 

Don't you think it is time to send them all to Israel? Of course it is. Those Satanic assholes are done for. Can you imagine, they want an only "Jewish" state. Only Jews allowed. But you, you vassal states? They want to mix you and shake you and drink your blood. 

Wake up. You have a job to do. Israel is the world's enemy that must now, be defeated for all time. 

www.21stcenturyworldmessage.com 

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lock-stick Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• ssk81646 (above)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (above)

•• Free This (below, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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deepelemblues Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:12 Permalink

Well what do you expect, the people running these bureaucracies are culturally bigoted towards Christians and Christianity. They're left-wing secular bigots raised in a 150 year old subculture (not so sub anymore) of bigotry aimed at Christianity. So their bureaucratic decisions are prejudiced against Christians. 

 

Lost in translation Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:12 Permalink

shocking, SHOCKING!

/sarc

Still waiting for American Baptists to say/mention ANYTHING from the pulpit about the mistreatment of Syrian Christians by Western governments.  I suspect I will be waiting a very long time...

GoldenDonuts Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:13 Permalink

If there is someone who should be a refugee then Christians from the middle east would be at the head of the list.  Followed by white South Africans.  Not holding my breath for the truth however.

lock-stick ssk81646 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:56 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• ssk81646 (above)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (below)

•• Free This (soon to appear - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

 

In reply to by ssk81646

LiteBeeer Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:13 Permalink

Jesus is the name above all names. Bring it on satanists. Is that all you got? You have already lost yet struggle in vain.

Luke 13:18–19 He said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches.”

 

NuYawkFrankie Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:27 Permalink

re UK Discrimation - NO Chritians NEED APPLY!

WOW! What a "SURPRISE"!

Sanctimonious UKKK - forever ready to start the spigots of crocodile-tears cascading on cue - has ALWAYS been The Planet's #1 HYPOCRITE... where never-ending National Weep-A-Thons/Give-A-Thons are STRICTLY for ZOG-Approved Agendas - like National-Culture Obliteration - ONLY!

At least with ZOG USSA you know where you stand. It's an up-front no-sugarcoating no-pretense - "Gimmee EVERY fckin penny... ALL you fckin GOT... Mutha Fcka!" BANG!!! - kinda deal.

Theremustbeano… Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:55 Permalink

THE REASON IS PURE AND SIMPLE.

OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMPRISED OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AMORAL SPINELESS CHEATING LYING CONNIVING STEALING INEPT SCUMBAGS WHO ARE BENDING OVER WITH THEIR A*** CHEEKS PARTED WAITING TO BE GANG BANGED BY SAUDIA ARABIA AND ITS GULF STATE ALLIES.

SIGNED

ONE HELL OF A P**SED OFF BRIT!!

 

 

Overdrawn Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:06 Permalink

So the UK Government is relying on Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon no less, along with the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to stop the persecution of Christians.

Good luck with that one.