Rejecting Asylum Claim, U.K. Quotes Bible to Say Christianity is actually Not ‘Peaceful’

Britain’s immigration department has been condemned for citing violent Bible passages as the basis to reject an asylum claim by an Iranian national who said he had converted to Christianity because the idea was a “peaceful” religion.

The Home Office — which is actually responsible for handling immigration, security as well as also law as well as also order — used verses by the books of Leviticus, Exodus as well as also Revelation in an attempt to argue which Christianity was hardly “peaceful.” The asylum seeker’s application was denied on Tuesday, according to the man’s legal representative, who shared details on social media.

The case drew a rebuke by the Church of England, as well as also immigration advocates denounced the decision as another example of the Home Office’s harsh methods.

The man, who has not been identified as well as also had converted by Islam, filed the claim in 2016, the immigration caseworker as well as also legal representative, Nathan Stevens, wrote on Twitter. the idea was not clear whether the man had made his conversion a basis for his claim.

however the Home Office used extensive quotes by the Bible, such as “You will pursue your enemies, as well as also they will fall by the sword before you,” by Leviticus, as evidence against the asylum seeker’s claim about Christianity.

“These examples are inconsistent with your claim which you converted to Christianity after discovering the idea is actually a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage as well as also revenge,” read a rejection letter Mr. Stevens shared excerpts by online.

The immigration caseworker said he was stunned by the contents of the letter.

“I’ve seen a lot in recent times, however even I was genuinely shocked to read This specific unbelievably offensive diatribe being used to justify a refusal of asylum,” Mr. Stevens wrote on Twitter.

He could not be reached for comment on Thursday. No further details about the asylum seeker were available.

As outrage grew on social media, the Home Office distanced itself by the decision, though the idea confirmed the letter was authentic.

“This specific letter is actually not in accordance with our policy approach to claims based on religious persecution, including conversions to a particular faith,” a spokesman for the department said in an emailed statement.

Asylum cases based on religious persecution as well as also involving religious conversion require a great deal of expertise to assess, said Colin Yeo, a lawyer specializing in immigration at Garden Court Chambers.

“the idea is actually very hard to tell if the person is actually telling the truth as well as also you need to think about what the person’s motivations are,” Mr. Yeo, who is actually also the editor of the asylum as well as also immigration information website Free Movement, said in a phone interview.

“however to go as far as to dig out specific verses to try as well as also justify a claim seems extremely bizarre,” Mr. Yeo added. “I have seen quite a lot of cases where the Home Office does not believe which the person has not converted by Islam to Christianity, however I have never seen anything quite like This specific one.”

The Home Office’s approach even prompted the Church of England to issue a response.

“I am extremely concerned which a government department could determine the future of another human being based on such a profound misunderstanding of the texts as well as also practices of faith communities,” Bishop Paul Butler of Durham said in a statement.

“To use extracts by the Book of Revelation to argue which Christianity is actually a violent religion is actually like arguing which a government report on the impact of climate change is actually advocating drought as well as also flooding,” he added.