Saturday, 6 February 2010

The Diocese of Rochester stands up to the BNP

This blog applauds the Bishop of Tonbridge, Dr Brian Castle for the advice he gives today to the Church in the diocese of Rochester regarding the BNP and the forthcoming General Elections. We stand by him on this Gospel principle to proclaim and ensure that all are equal in the sight of God, and that all have the God given right to grow, flourish and prosper. Here is the news release from the diocese:
The Bishop of Tonbridge The Rt Rev Dr Brian Castle has advised clergy and people in the Diocese of Rochester not to give a platform to the British National Party (BNP) in the run-up to the forthcoming elections.
Addressing Diocesan Synod on Saturday 6 February, the Bishop encouraged church members to become involved in the political process and to ensure that they allowed their christian convictions to shape their vote.  He said, “My guidance has been sought on the matter of the BNP.   My advice is, that in hustings and meetings in the run-up to the elections, we do not give a platform in our churches and church halls to the BNP.”
The Bishop added, “We need to encourage all things that make for human flourishing, to stand for the values of love, justice and forgiveness so that we can grow into the fullness of the children of God,  and it is important to root out and challenge those things that do not enable this growing and flourishing.”

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