I was very pleased to have received the following letter from Nick Smith, my local MP, in support of our campaign on behalf of the persecuted church. Nick’s letter reads as follows:-
Thank you very much for writing to me about religious freedom and the persecution of Christians. I agree with you that this is a hugely important issue, which does not always get the profile it deserves. It is unacceptable for anyone to be deliberately targeted, attacked or persecuted because of their faith. Christianity is under threat in many countries across the world, and we must be willing to stand up against this plight.
I’m really proud that the Labour party have pledged to put the campaign against religious persecution at the heart of our foreign policy. Our Secretary of state for Foreign Affairs, Douglas Alexander, has argued that Christian persecution, just like anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, must be named as the evil that it is, and challenged systematically by people of all faiths and no faith. He has pledged that a Labour Government would appoint a Global Ambassador for religious freedom, as well as setting up a multi-faith council in the Foreign Office to lead the campaign against religious persecution. It is this level of commitment that we need to really make a difference.
I have to send my apologies, that I was unfortunately unable to attend the report launch and service of prayer, as I had conflicting parliamentary and constituency duties on those dates. I will strongly support a future Labour Government in their efforts to challenge this unacceptable violence and persecution, and the Labour party have pledged to work with all other parties to ensure this issue gets the strength of hearing it deserves.
Thank you again for writing to me,
Nick Smith MP
Those of you who read and follow my daily blog on a regular basis will know that I very seldom become involved in politics but the Persecuted Church is different because this is definitely a subject on which Governments need to stand up and be counted.
And come May 7th, the day of the UK General Election, if Labour get to form the next Government I shall expect them to keep to their commitment as outlined in Nick’s letter.
With many peaceful blessings