It’s been good to see Richard point out what the BNP actually believes.
Churches speaking up about extremists running for local councils has getting attention on our side of the world. The Joint Public Issues Team comprised of Baptists, Methodists and United Reform Churches have been standing together against political extremism and attempting to educate voters and followers of Christ.
The BNP was started as a racist group in 1982.
One poll suggested the BNP is now acceptable with about 7% of the population as it has attempted to soften it’s message.
The BNP is putting up 750 candidates in May’s local elections.
The Joint Public Issues Team has put together a call to believers who may not grasp why or understand how the BNP is dangerous to Christianity and to democracy.
Policies proposed by extremist parties do not promote the well-being of all members of our society
Co-operation can give extremist parties credibility
Extremist parties are not democratic parties
From the Baptist Union Guidelines for Churches dealing with extremist political parties.
They have an excellent question and answer section. For example:
4. Our local BNP councillor says the party is “defending traditional Christianity”. What do they mean?
Some people who vote BNP do so because they feel that the country is facing frightening forces of change, largely through immigration and the growing number of people from other faiths, particularly Islam.
The BNP claims to offer a way of preserving “our past”, and this includes the preservation of a culture based on Christianity.
But their claim that they are representing or defending “Christianity” is nonsense.
Christianity is neither exclusively white nor British.
Christianity in urban areas has experienced a revival from black Christians. Indeed our
confidence that Christ speaks to all people is reflected in the fact that Christianity is the most
multiracial, multicultural movement on the planet. All Christians should be deeply concerned
that some people are now appropriating Christian language and symbols for policies that are the very opposite of Christian values.
The real agenda behind the claim is a cultural one – partly in opposition to a perceived secular
liberal elite, and largely in an attempt to whip up opposition to Muslims and others of minority
faiths. It also exploits the confusion between faith and race – extremist parties claim they are
not being racist because they are opposing a religion rather than members of a particular race.
The BNP has recently been linked with a body calling itself the Christian Council of Britain.
Although the BNP denies that the Council is a front organisation, it has clearly been involved in
setting up and defending the Council.
The BNP ‘religious’ arm is racist (whites only) anti-Islamic, anti-Asian, anti-immigrant, anti-homosexual. The BBC has their links to terrorist and nationalist groups as well as criminal history and violence of BNP members and leadership.
The front group mentioned above (Christian Council of Britain) promotes a Christian nationalist agenda saying their faith is being thwarted by Islam, political correctness and that their free speech is being quashed.
The Council says it bases it’s belief on reform Protestantism, opposes female and gay ordination, encourages ‘white British Christians’ into it’s organization, on-going separation of races using it’s religious fear and smear tactics.