Church rubbishes claims asylum seekers on ‘conveyor belt of baptisms’

  • The Diocese of Durham mentioned claims of a ‘conveyor belt’ had been nonsense
  • The Church of England mentioned it was blissful to assist the federal government examine
  • It comes over every week after Abdul Ezedi allegedly attacked a girl in London

The Church of England will ‘fortunately have interaction’ with the Government round its work with asylum seekers, a number one official mentioned, as a diocese branded claims by an ex-vicar a few ‘conveyor belt of baptisms’ as ‘nonsense’.

The case of Clapham alkali assault suspect Abdul Ezedi, who efficiently challenged his asylum refusal after changing to Christianity, has led to allegations individuals are changing to Christianity to assist them safe their keep within the UK.

Ezedi is believed to have been supported in his declare by somebody from a Baptist church, slightly than the Church of England, however the case has prompted sturdy debate on the problem of conversions general.

A Conservative MP this week accused the Church of issuing ‘secret steering for clergy supporting asylum purposes’ and the Archbishop of Canterbury of ‘scamming’ the taxpayer.

Former immigration minister Robert Jenrick has spoken of conversions ‘aided and abetted by typically well-meaning however naive vicars and monks’, whereas ex-home secretary Suella Braverman mentioned throughout her time in workplace she ‘turned conscious of church buildings across the nation facilitating industrial-scale bogus asylum claims’.

Abdul Ezedi, the Alkali attack suspect, (pictured) is believed to have "gone into" the River Thames, the Metropolitan Police said

Abdul Ezedi, the Alkali assault suspect, (pictured) is believed to have ‘gone into’ the River Thames, the Metropolitan Police mentioned

He is believed to have gone in at Chelsea Bridge in west London

He is believed to have gone in at Chelsea Bridge in west London

The Diocese of Durham said claims that asylum seekers are on a 'conveyor belt of baptisms' to win the right to stay in the UK are nonsense

The Diocese of Durham mentioned claims that asylum seekers are on a ‘conveyor belt of baptisms’ to win the suitable to remain within the UK are nonsense

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, this week advised of his disappointment on the ‘mischaracterisation of the position of church buildings and religion teams within the asylum system’.

The subject of asylum and the Church won’t be formally debated on the upcoming assembly of the General Synod – often known as the church’s parliament – later this month, however might be raised by a member for ‘some dialogue’, mentioned William Nye.

Mr Nye, Synod’s secretary normal, advised reporters at a briefing on Friday: ‘The agenda for the General Synod is ready by the enterprise committee of the General Synod, which can have set the agenda a short time in the past to allow papers to be ready.

‘So as you will see, if you happen to have a look at the agenda, there is not a proper merchandise on the subject that you simply elevate about asylum. It’s attainable that it could come up, a member of Synod may ask a query in Synod questions, which might make it attainable for there to be some dialogue, however there is not room for a proper debate.’

A Home Office minister this week mentioned coaching for asylum caseworkers in assessing the credibility of a non secular conversion is being rolled out.

The Church mentioned there has not been any direct contact from the Government on this but however Mr Nye mentioned the Church will ‘fortunately have interaction’ with the Government on any issues of religion and non secular literacy.

Forensic police on the scene on Wednesday night time close to Clapham following the assault 

CCTV footage of Abdul Ezedi (bottom right wearing a black jacket), the suspect in the Clapham alkaline substance attack, crossing over Chelsea Bridge

CCTV footage of Abdul Ezedi (backside proper carrying a black jacket), the suspect within the Clapham alkaline substance assault, crossing over Chelsea Bridge

He advised the briefing: ‘We’re at all times blissful to work with the Government on something and whereas, because the Bishop of Chelmsford has mentioned, precise selections on asylum are for the Home Office or, if contested, then for the related courts – nonetheless, if the Home Office desires to work with the Church of England on any matter like this we’ll fortunately have interaction with them.’

The feedback come because the Diocese of Durham strongly disputed feedback made by Matthew Firth, a former vicar at a Darlington church, who advised The Telegraph that he ‘needed to put a cease to the conveyor belt and veritable trade of asylum baptisms that was occurring’.

A spokesman for the diocese mentioned: ‘His claims of the church being a ‘conveyor belt’ of asylum seeker baptisms are nonsense.’

He mentioned they’d checked church information and located a complete of 15 baptisms since 2014 of people that ‘could have been asylum seekers’, out of a complete of round 80 in that interval.

He mentioned Mr Firth had not reported ‘something amiss’ throughout his ‘transient spell’ on the church and, had he completed so, allegations ‘would have been taken critically and investigated’.

The spokesman mentioned the diocese is ‘happy with the precious work all our church buildings in Darlington do to make sure asylum seekers and refugees are welcomed’.

Meanwhile, Synod, which is going down in London from February 23 to 27, will contemplate problems with biodiversity, safeguarding and progress on its work round blessings for same-sex {couples}.

It can even focus on racial justice, and the battle in Ukraine and its wider influence.