May 28, 2009

Archbishops urge voters to shun BNP


by David Masters

The leaders of the Church of England yesterday warned of a potential ‘tragedy’ if the BNP is elected to the European Parliament next month.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York urged voters to exercise ‘great vigilance’ at the ballot box.

Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu said they have been ‘deeply disturbed’ by the BNP’s adoption of the language of faith to sow division, fear, and hatred.

The UK is going through “a time of extraordinary turbulence in our democratic system,” the Archbishops said.

However, “This is not a moment for voting in favour of any political party whose core ideology is about sowing division in our communities and hostility on grounds of race, creed or colour.”

Instead, voters should look to support parties that seek to foster community, mutual respect, and tolerance.

Next month’s vote should be seen as “an opportunity for renewing the vision of a community united by mutual respect, high ethical standards and the pursuit of justice and peace,” they said.

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