According to 25 COE Bishops the Rwanda policy “should shame us as a nation.”

25 Bishops including the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, reaffirmed the Church of England’s position on the Home Office’s Rwanda proposal, claiming that the immigration debate had “probably reached a new low!” and “should shame us as a nation.”

According to 25 COE Bishops the Rwanda policy “should shame us as a nation.”

In a letter to the Times, all 25 bishops in the House of Lords opposed the government’s Rwanda immigration policy, calling it an “immoral policy that shames Britain.”

“This has probably now reached a new low,” Bishop of Manchester David Walker said, reiterating the letter’s wording. He called the strategy a “moral failure,” stressing that “you do not punish the innocent in order to catch the guilty,” as the Bible says.

On BBC Newsnight, David Walker said: “We’re not a political party as Bbishops.”

Letter in the Times

“It’s very unusual actually to get all of the bishops in the House of Lords to sign the same letter.”

“We know that the attitudes towards migration by successive governments have been increasing hostile, more and more.”

“So this has probably now reached a new low.”

“We think it’s a moral law.”

“And we think it is something that back in the Bible, Jesus makes it very clear reiterating in the Old Testament.”

“You do not punish the innocent in order to catch the guilty.”

“These people who would have a right where they’re able to get to the UK to have their application process and it would be accepted and they would be guaranteed refugee status, and now they’re going to have that happen to them if this policy is to go forward.”

“We believe it is a moral failure on behalf of a country that has a much better history of dealing with refugees”.

The archbishops of Canterbury and York, together with the other 23 bishops in the House of Lords, argued in a letter to the Times that the Rwanda proposal “should shame us as a nation.”

The bishops also included the following in their letter: “The shame is our own because our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum seekers with compassion, fairness, and justice, as we have for centuries.”

“Deportations, and the potential forced return of asylum seekers to their home countries, are not the way.”

“This immoral policy shames Britain”.

Despite the letter, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the aircraft would go off as planned.

She said again that the plan is legal and “a key part of our strategy for tracking the appalling people smugglers who are trading in people’s hopes and dreams”.

“If people aren’t on the flight today, they will be on subsequent flights to Rwanda”, she added.

She also said that the idea is exactly what the UK government has to do to disrupt the economic models of human traffickers.

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