34 migrants were rescued by ships of the British border force off the coast of Kent. In his homily yesterday Pope Francis said that Christians need to overcome their fear of migrants. His Holiness reminded his flock that migrants “are also the Lord’s privileged ones.”
GOVERNMENT POSTERS CALLING CHRISTIANS ‘BIGOTS’ TAKEN DOWN
Police in the United Kingdom who created a public awareness campaign that called Christians “bigots” say it is being discontinued.
In October, the Barnabas Fund Christian ministry complained to the government about the posters that described Christians and other religious believers as “bigots” and condemned them.
One pastor called the campaign’s own anti-“hate” line to report the posters.
The posters by the government-run One Scotland campaign are addressed “Dear Bigots.”
One message states: “Division seems to be what you believe in. We don’t want your religious hate on our buses, on our streets and in our communities. We don’t want you spreading your intolerance. Or making people’s lives a misery because of their religious dress. You may not have faith in respect and love, but we do. That’s why if we see or hear your hate, we’re reporting you. End of sermon.”
Barnabas this week revealed Scottish Parliament member Gordon Lindhurst of Lothian received a letter from Aileen Campbell, Scottish cabinet secretary for Communities and Local Government, “stating that the government would not be reusing controversial posters which contained messages implying that Christian belief amounted to ‘hate.’”
Barnabas leaders met a few months ago with members of the Scottish Parliament about the attack on Christianity.
The objective of the posters was to tackle “hate crime.”
They were displayed in all Scottish cities in October 2018 and carried the logos of Police Scotland as well as the Scottish government.
Another message was: “Dear Bigots, You can’t spread your religious hate here. End of Sermon. Yours, Scotland.”
Barnabas Fund, an aid agency for the persecuted church around the globe, submitted a formal complaint to Police Scotland.
WND reported last December that a senior officer at Police Scotland responded to Barnabas Fund’s complaint and said the police are innocent.
“A senior officer at Police Scotland has belatedly responded to a formal complaint made by Barnabas Fund about a ‘hate crime’ poster campaign run by Police Scotland and the Scottish government,” Barnabas said.
He concluded the posters that target Christians are not “based on malice or ill will towards any social group.”