One day it might actually dawn on the Church of England that this country is heading towards being a post religious society? But not yet it would seem…
Apparently the good Bishops if the CofE took it upon themselves to write to the Prime Minister demanding that we took in more
refugees migrants. Having already given an undertaking to take a good few from the refugee camps – thereby ensuring they actually were refugees from the war in Syria and not just economic migrants – he chose to take no notice. And quite right too. It’s not the place of the Church to involve itself in politics.
So having been ignored for the last couple of weeks, they decided to make their private letter public, presumably in the hope of garner public support. Well, good luck with that because it’s certainly not garnering any around this neck of the woods.
They reckon we should take another 50,000 because “such a number would bring us into line with comparable commitments made by other countries. It would be a meaningful and substantial response to the scale of human suffering we see daily.” This unfortunately misses the point that we are not other countries, we are British and frankly I like it that way. It’s a bit like saying that just because other people stick their hand in the fire, you should do the same. The argument that stupidity should be mimicked by more stupidity just doesn’t hold water in my opinion.
The poor old bishops are ‘distressed not to have received a substantive response form the Prime Minister.’ Deary me. Get over it, dears. You’re just not that important.
Downing Street were quick to point out that we’ve already said we’ll take 20,000 and that we’ve contributed more aid and money to the camps that any other country. And let’s not forget what I pointed out yesterday about the blackmailing Turks.
Personally I reckon we’re doing more than enough and that the real answer is to copy Hungary and seal our borders. If that makes us unpopular with Merkel, the EU, and the UN then so be it. As for the bishops? Well, I frankly couldn’t care less what they think…