January 30, 2011

St Ethelwold’s Church, Shotton, criticises BNP and EDL Islam centre opposition

A church leader has criticised the British National Party’s (BNP) leafleting campaign against the proposed Shotton Islamic centre.

St Ethelwold’s Church was pictured in the leaflet co-ordinated by BNP community councillor John Walker without authorisation. And vicar Rev Steven Green wants to make it clear the church does not support the far-right organisation’s opposition to the controversial plans.

Within the leaflet Cllr Walker said: “With declining church attendances and the local clergy falling over themselves to welcome other religions into the area, what future does Christianity have in Deeside?”

Mr Green said: “I would suggest the author of this letter should be better informed, as all the churches on Deeside work well together and are involved in many projects such as Fairtrade, community development and many other initiatives. The Christian communities are faithful and confident in their own faith, but that faith reflecting the love of Jesus seeks to welcome and offer hospitality. Church life on Deeside is in good heart, supported by loyal, faithful and generous Christians who stand for peace and tolerance on our streets and respect for all people of peace and goodwill.”

Mr Green also criticised the English Defence League’s town centre protest on Saturday.

“I find it difficult to believe such a demonstration has anything to do with the people of Deeside,” he said. “Deeside people are warm, generous and tolerant people who have witnessed and adapted to many changes over the last 30 years.”

The Flintshire Chronicle

Thanks to NewsHound for the heads-up


Anonymous said...

A rather shameful BBC interview with Cllr. Michael Coleman yesterday. He was able to put forward a number of lies without any challenge at all from the interviewer.

(The Politics Show (West Midlands).

Anonymous said...

Walker was heard in a local pub bragging he would 'blow up' the mosque if it went ahead.

Anonymous said...

The BBC have done their upmost to big-up the EDL and the BNP. Makes you wander why, especially when so many of the BBC journo payroll are on Redwatch.

Anonymous said...

BNP doesnt have a place in Shotton, local residents had no problems over mosque-why because we are not bigots!!!!

Great stuff Father Steve for letting everyone know we at shotton were not interacting with BNP

Anonymous said...

Did the EDL not realise that they were actually marching in Wales? Shotton is a very open-minded community and i agree with Rev.Green's comments.