Countering Political Extremism

Christians, along with people from other faith communities and beyond, have been very concerned by the growing presence of extremist parties in local elections and their threat to community cohesion. Churches of a range of denominations have stated that racism, in all its forms, is a sin, and a denial of God's love for each of God's children.

The nature of racist and extremist activity has begun to change recently.  Alongside political parties such as the British National Party, we now also have social movements such as the English Defence League.  These pages offer a collection of resources to churches seeking to respond to such extremist groups:

If you have suggestions, questions or resources, please email them to

This information has been compiled by the Methodist Church working together with the Baptist Union, the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, the Church of England and the United Reformed Church.

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