BNP clergy face disciplinary action

Halstead Gazette: Church of England bishops have backed a declaration stating the policies of the BNP and National Front are "incompatible" with Christian teaching Church of England bishops have backed a declaration stating the policies of the BNP and National Front are "incompatible" with Christian teaching

Clergy who support or join the British National Party or National Front will face disciplinary proceedings under a new resolution passed by the Church of England.

Church of England bishops have backed a declaration stating that the policies, activities and objectives of the two far-right parties are "incompatible" with Christian teaching on racial equality.

The move means that a complaint of misconduct can be brought under the Clergy Discipline Measure against any cleric who is a member of, promotes or expresses support for the two parties.

The General Synod, or national assembly of the Church of England, will have an opportunity to debate and give formal approval to the declaration when it meets in York next month. If there is no debate, the declaration will automatically come into force at the start of the meeting.

The effective proscribing by the bishops of the two political parties comes after the General Synod gave final approval in 2012 to legislation m aking it ''unbecoming'' or ''inappropriate'' conduct for clergy to be members of a political party with policies and activities declared ''incompatible'' with Church teaching on race equality.

The Church of England bishops were given the power to make a declaration on parties or organisations deemed incompatible with Christian teaching.

Where a political party is deemed to have changed its views, the ban could be lifted by a simple majority vote by the bishops.

The move was first proposed by Vasantha Gnanadoss, a Metropolitan Police civilian worker and General Synod member. She had the backing of the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

The British National Party, speaking at the time the move was given final approval by the General Synod, accused the Church of England of being "stuck in the 1970s".

" We are a modern, forward-thinking and progressive nationalist party," a spokesman said.

''We are non-discriminatory and we have a constitution to match.''

He added: ''It is high time that was put out there. The Church of England has to keep up to date - they are stuck in the 1970s.''

A BNP spokesman said today: "This is indicative of the way that the Church of England is being politicised. What is written in the Bible and scripture is clearly of secondary importance to the politically-correct option that these people adhere to.

"Where is it going to end? Are BNP members going to be allowed to be buried any more in churches? Is that where it is going to end? It makes you wonder. It is very sad to see the Church go along with this."

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4:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

The church should keep out of it.
The church should keep out of it. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Tue 3 Jun 14

welshmen says...

And the Church embraces Islam, couldn't make it up, they deserve all the civil up-evil that's coming their way from the Religion of Peace....
And the Church embraces Islam, couldn't make it up, they deserve all the civil up-evil that's coming their way from the Religion of Peace.... welshmen
  • Score: -3

8:24pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Adam Walker says...

Fascism is alive and well in modern day Britain it would appear. What a strange world we are creating for ourselves. The PC clergy are turkeys voting for Christmas. They will be the first ones to go once Islam is the dominant religion in the UK. Tick tock! Tick tock!
Fascism is alive and well in modern day Britain it would appear. What a strange world we are creating for ourselves. The PC clergy are turkeys voting for Christmas. They will be the first ones to go once Islam is the dominant religion in the UK. Tick tock! Tick tock! Adam Walker
  • Score: 1

9:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Tosh Lines says...

Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre.
Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre. Tosh Lines
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Tosh Lines wrote:
Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre.
And what load of crap do you support, the UAF or the other fascist nazi outfit HNH....freedom of speech is disappearing quicker with the Liberal Elite than any far right group, just keep supporting the British haters and the anti-white white voters, your Multicultural sh-thole is not far off....
[quote][p][bold]Tosh Lines[/bold] wrote: Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre.[/p][/quote]And what load of crap do you support, the UAF or the other fascist nazi outfit HNH....freedom of speech is disappearing quicker with the Liberal Elite than any far right group, just keep supporting the British haters and the anti-white white voters, your Multicultural sh-thole is not far off.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Tosh Lines says...

welshmen wrote:
Tosh Lines wrote:
Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre.
And what load of crap do you support, the UAF or the other fascist nazi outfit HNH....freedom of speech is disappearing quicker with the Liberal Elite than any far right group, just keep supporting the British haters and the anti-white white voters, your Multicultural sh-thole is not far off....
I'm a bit worried that you're turning this debate into a highbrow discourse... I'll leave you to your paranoid rantings but should probably point out the irony in your accusations of fascism, given the views of Griffin and co. Don't go to bed with your jackboots on, young man (or men?), and remember what previous generations gave their lives for.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tosh Lines[/bold] wrote: Strong words from BNP's last 3 supporters. Unless 'Welshmen' isn't a typo and in fact some sort of collective, so it could potentially be 4. I'm no fan of the church, and feel they should keep their beaks out of most things that go on in the real world. However, to point out that preaching peace (no matter what the reality of the situation) is incompatible with belonging to a rag-tag outfit of Holocaust deniers isn't that bizarre.[/p][/quote]And what load of crap do you support, the UAF or the other fascist nazi outfit HNH....freedom of speech is disappearing quicker with the Liberal Elite than any far right group, just keep supporting the British haters and the anti-white white voters, your Multicultural sh-thole is not far off....[/p][/quote]I'm a bit worried that you're turning this debate into a highbrow discourse... I'll leave you to your paranoid rantings but should probably point out the irony in your accusations of fascism, given the views of Griffin and co. Don't go to bed with your jackboots on, young man (or men?), and remember what previous generations gave their lives for. Tosh Lines
  • Score: 0

5:48am Thu 5 Jun 14

CTRILEY says...

Such actions by the Church are a bit rich. This is the same Church which supported anti-semitism, profited from slavery, backed the Penal Laws and sectarianism, the Church backed the Nazi's, after WW2 sent British orphaned children to work as slave labour in Australia.

Whilst their faith is based on a book which supports slavery, genocide, racism, sexism, homophobia, child rape, ....
Such actions by the Church are a bit rich. This is the same Church which supported anti-semitism, profited from slavery, backed the Penal Laws and sectarianism, the Church backed the Nazi's, after WW2 sent British orphaned children to work as slave labour in Australia. Whilst their faith is based on a book which supports slavery, genocide, racism, sexism, homophobia, child rape, .... CTRILEY
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Adam Walker says...

Can't argue with that CT. This is nothing other than a modern day witch hunt. The church should be more concerned with the ever increasing spread of the true religion of peace that will one day turn our country into a Medieval cess pit not fit for habitation.
Can't argue with that CT. This is nothing other than a modern day witch hunt. The church should be more concerned with the ever increasing spread of the true religion of peace that will one day turn our country into a Medieval cess pit not fit for habitation. Adam Walker
  • Score: 0
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