NEWS: BNP Accused of Hijacking Christianity

Question_time_nick_griffin_protest_2After Nick Griffin’s recent appearance on the BBC Question Time programme – aired on Thursday 22 October 2009 – the media has been caught up in a frenzy of analysis. Much of this has focused upon the discussion as to whether or not the British National Party [BNP] should have ever been allowed to propagate their views on primetime television. Further analysis has focused on the content of the programme.

Arguably one of the most impassioned attacks upon Griffin and the BNP has come from Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who has described the party’s views as ‘irredeemably evil.’ During the programme, Griffin insisted that ‘our country must remain fundamentally a British and Christian country’ and it is this type of comment that Lord Carey finds most distasteful. From the outset, Lord Carey has objected to the BNP’s appearance, and feels ‘chilled’ by the opportunity this has afforded to a ‘sqaulid racist’. As a response to the programme, Lord Carey has called for Christians to join forces and demonstrate that neither they nor Britain has anything in common with the image portrayed by the BNP.

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2 thoughts on “NEWS: BNP Accused of Hijacking Christianity

  1. Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

    Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

    Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

  2. Dear Paul (if I may),
    thank you very much for your thoughtful and comprehensive response to my post. Your measured approach – echoed by many others I’m sure -offers the perfect antidote to extremism, intolerance and bigotry. Hopefully, this kind of thinking is in the majority and the BNP and their ilk will be recognised as little more than propagators of a warped ideology.
    Once again thank you for your input.
    Kind regards,

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