31 March 2009

Churches dismiss BNP's election posters

Three British Churches have reminded people of the true Christian message of love for all people following the inclusion of Jesus in a BNP election campaign.

The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Church support inclusive policies and promote diversity.

Christine Elliott, Secretary for External Relationships for The Methodist Church, said: "When Jesus was asked about what was the most important rule of life he said, 'Love God with all of your being and love your neighbour as yourself.' It's ironic that the BNP is using the world's most famous Jew to promote its racist message. Our traditions have a history of promoting racial justice and inclusion and rejecting messages of hate and fear.

"It is always important that people go out and vote, especially in these extremely difficult economic times. Sadly, in the past, economic problems have been exploited by extremists as opportunities to scapegoat minorities."

The three churches will be launching an election pack at the end of April, which will call on local church leaders to engage positively with politicians and reject racist political activity.

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