Why is this shocking? Because of what he and his predecessor have said about Muslim immigration in the past. The comments will be seen by some as a U-turn by the Archbishop Justin Welby himself. Two years ago, he said it was wrong to view mass Muslim immigration as ‘something that is somehow going to overwhelm’ Britain.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned against developing a “culture of fear” towards Muslims in Britain and said the proportion of Muslims in Britain who are radicalized remained “extraordinarily small.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended his controversial comments about the introduction of Islamic law to Britain and claimed that public opinion is now behind him.
On the anniversary of the interview in which Dr Rowan Williams said it “seems inevitable” that some parts of sharia would be enshrined in this country’s legal code, he claimed “a number of fairly senior people” now take the same view. The Archbishop, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, faced calls to resign last February when he said it was likely that elements of the religious principles based on the quran, concerning marriage, finance and conflict resolution, would be enshrined in British legislation one day. There are now more than 85 sharia courts operating in the UK.
“It’s NOT racist to fear Muslim immigration,” says the Archbishop of Canterbury: Justin Welby believes it is ‘outrageous’ to dismiss public’s genuine concerns about housing, jobs and the NHS.
UK Daily Mail Britain has a ‘genuine and justified’ fear of mass immigration, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared last night. The country’s most senior churchman said it was ‘absolutely outrageous’ to dismiss the public’s legitimate concerns as racist.
Archbishop Justin Welby warned: ‘There is a genuine fear. And it is really important that that fear is listened to and addressed. There have to be resources put in place that address those fears.’ He added: ‘What happens about housing? What happens about jobs? What happens about access to health services?’
Campaign groups last night welcomed his powerful intervention as a ‘marvellous breath of fresh air’. It comes after years in which the liberal Left has attacked those expressing concern about the unprecedented levels of immigration into Britain as bigots.
Archbishop Welby also revealed that the Church would not be taking a position in the EU referendum debate. He was highly critical of Europe’s response to the refugee crisis, but added: ‘You can’t say, “God says you must vote this way or that way”.’
On another dramatic day in the EU referendum contest: Mass Muslim immigration is fast becoming central to the debate, as concerns rise about the millions of migrants flooding into Europe.