So, does this help clear up any doubts people had about Farage’s position on Islam? “Britain should only take Christians fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria,“ Nigel Farage suggested today.
UK Mirror The UK Independence Party leader said that everyone in the West had a responsibility to offer refugees sanctuary. But after unhappiness from UKIP members Mr Farage suggested other countries should accept Muslims. Speaking on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, he said: “It’s bad enough for Sunni and Shia, at least there are neighbouring countries that will take them.
“Where on earth are the Christians going to go? Christians are now a seriously persecuted minority … they are under assault from all sides.” In a statement on its website, UKIP said: “Christians are being increasingly persecuted across the Middle East and Syria as extreme Islamist elements seek to purge the region of Christianity.
“If we do not help these people then who will? We must as a nation help Christians who are fleeing Syria to escape death and torture by allowing some to come to the UK.” The climbdown followed unhappiness among UKIP members over his plea for sanctuary. But his remarks have sparked a split in Government.
Tory health minister Earl Howe said the coalition needed to look urgently at the issue of refugees and remember Britain’s position as a country that looks after people in distress.
“There are people in desperate need, we cannot accommodate them all,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast. “I think the European Union has a duty to look at what it can do, both on the ground for those refugees from Syria but also whether we can accommodate some of them.
“I certainly think we should look at this and we have in the past been a country that looks kindly on people in distress and are the victims of violence in their native countries and that should not change.”
But Grant Shapps, the Conservative party chairman, said letting in a few refugees would be “tokenistic” and the best way of helping Syrians was financial aid.