Archbishop challenges institutional bias against Syrian Christians by “politically correct officials”. BBC and the Daily Telegraph cite Barnabas Fund research

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In an article in today’s Daily Telegraph entitled “Christians face genocide, but the government looks the other way” former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said that the disproportionately small percentage of Christians among Syrian refugees resettled in the UK points to an “institutional bias against Christians”. Observing that Christians constituted up to 10% of Syria’s pre-war population, but less than 2% of refugees coming to the UK, he suggested Christians were victims of “indirect discrimination” in the UK government’s policies. He observed that the present government made a manifesto pledge of “supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East” and put the blame for the failure to implement this largely on politically correct officials, saying:

“In my experience, ministers’ efforts to correct this imbalance are being blocked by often well-meaning but often hopelessly politically correct officials who claim that to support Christians is to discriminate against others. They claim they have legal advice not to tackle discrimination against Christians. I would like to see it, so I understand, would their ministers.”

Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey
Lord Carey who has been speaking to the Daily Telegraph in the UK
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In reporting the story, both the Daily Telegraph and the BBC news referred to research by Barnabas Aid.

To view Lord Carey’s article in the Daily Telegraph click here 

To view the Daily Telegraph’s front page story on this click here

To listen to the BBC news report click here (1:06 into programme)