UK discriminates against Syrian Christian refugees

Monday, September 21, 2015

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned the U.K. Prime Minister that his government's policy on refugees discriminates against Christians trying to leave Syria.

According to the Christian Post, the U.K. intends to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees. However, at a meeting with David Cameron last week, the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that the policy could exclude Christians from obtaining asylum because many of them have deliberately avoided refugee camps for fear of being targeted by Islamist groups operating inside them.

While the policy is committed to taking refugees on the basis of need and not that of religion, the Archbishop is concerned that the policy will effectively bar Syrian Christians from Britain.
In a speech in the House of Lords last week, Welby said that "within the camps there is significant intimidation and radicalization, and many -- particularly of the Christian population -- who have been forced to flee are unable to be in the camps."

Former Archbishop Lord Carey stated a similar concern when he told the Telegraph that "Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them. They are seeking refuge in private homes, church buildings and with neighbors and family."

So, what is the government's policy for helping those not inside the camps, asked Welby.