A recently uncovered document from the Church of England has ignited controversy and led to accusations of potential taxpayer scamming against Archbishop Justin Welby.
The document reveals the extent to which the institution is supporting asylum seekers in their religious conversions, prompting a Tory MP to raise concerns about accountability and the impact on church attendance.
Tory MP Tim Loughton, during Prime Minister’s Questions, expressed his fury and accused the Archbishop of potentially scamming taxpayers. Loughton highlighted the fact that church attendance has fallen by 15 per cent since Welby took up the role, except when it comes to individuals from Muslim countries amid an asylum claim.
Referring to the recent Church of England document, Loughton stated, “We are now told that one in seven occupants of the Bibby Stockholm has suddenly become practicing Christians.
Can I ask the Prime Minister, given the Church of England has now issued secret guidance for clergy supporting asylum applications for these Damascene conversions, who is the Church accountable to? Are taxpayers being scammed by the Archbishop?”
In response, the Prime Minister confirmed that the Home Secretary has requested further information regarding the extent to which conversions to Christianity are influencing the asylum system. He also emphasized that under the new legislation, individuals arriving in the UK illegally will not be granted asylum.
The Express previously revealed the official Church of England document, which advises clergy on supporting asylum applications and initiating “personal campaigns” in such cases.
This revelation sparked widespread fury among Tory MPs and Nigel Farage, who criticized the document for its comments on British identity, rights, and values, as well as its perceived anti-immigration rhetoric.
In response to the document, Nigel Farage suggested that the Church of England should reflect on its name and purpose.
He criticized Archbishop Justin Welby, labelling him as left-wing, and accused the institution of displaying naivety by seemingly endorsing a negative view of British identity, rights, and values. Farage argued that these are exactly the principles that the church should be promoting.
The Church of England’s involvement in religious conversions among asylum seekers gained attention after it was revealed that the suspect in the Clapham Alkali attack had converted to Christianity to avoid deportation to Afghanistan.