Statement by the Presidents of Churches Together in All Lincolnshire

April 2009

 

Statement by the Presidents of Churches Together in Lincolnshire

We represent
approximately 50,000 Christians in Lincolnshire,
North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire
who belong to Church congregations and fellowships.

 

Our care is
not only for our members, but also for the communities in which we and they
live, work and worship.  We are charged
with pursuing the common good of all people, but especially those who are in
particular need and who find themselves marginalised and disadvantaged in our
society.  We cannot stand by when groups
and individuals are maligned, misrepresented and singled out for verbal or even
physical abuse.

 

In a
democracy it is even more alarming when prejudices founded upon country of
origin, race, or religion become part of a political platform, and are offered
to the electorate for endorsement.

 

So we wish
to express in the strongest terms our distaste for any political platform which
has the effect of destabilising communities through the use of misinformation,
scare stories and inflammatory rhetoric and which should be resisted and not
rewarded, be it via the ballot box, silent assent or public endorsement.  The presence in our communities of Migrant
Workers in significant number undoubtedly raises issues which have to be
addressed.  However, these issues must be
addressed in an informed and balanced way according to the highest standards of
civilised society and mutual respect. 
There is now sufficient evidence to confirm that Migrants Workers are
vital to the economic well-being of our region, and they can also greatly
enrich the cultural life of our communities if encouraged to do so.

 

Finally, and
for the avoidance of doubt, we confirm that no Ordained Ministers from any of
our Churches will be standing as BNP candidates in the forthcoming
elections.  We further confirm that the
core beliefs and policies of the BNP are inconsistent with the teaching and
example of Jesus Christ.

 

Signed:             The Revd. Dr. David Perry, Chairman
of Lincoln
& Grimsby Methodist District

                        The Rt. Revd. Dr. John
Saxbee, Bishop of Lincoln

The
Revd Terry Oakley, Moderator of East Midlands
Synod of the United Reformed Church

Major
Jonathan Roberts, Divisional Commander, East Midlands
Division of the Salvation Army

                        The
Rt. Revd. Malcolm McMahon, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham

                        The
Revd. Steve Mantle, Regional Minister, East Midlands
Baptist Association

                        Dr.
Peter Atkins, Ground Level Network of Independent Churches

 

                                    For
the Presidents, Churches Together in All Lincolnshire

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