The Home Office has refused asylum to a Christian convert by quoting Bible passages which it says prove Christianity is not a peaceful religion.
The Iranian national, who claimed asylum in 2016, was told passages in the Bible were â€œinconsistentâ€ with his claim to have converted to Christianity after discovering it was a â€œpeacefulâ€ faith.
The refusal letter from the department states the book of Revelations â€“ the final book of the Bible â€“ is â€œfilled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violenceâ€, and cites six excerpts from it.
It then states: â€œThese examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a â€˜peacefulâ€™ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.â€
When contacted by The Independent, the Home Office said the letter was â€œnot in accordanceâ€ with its policy approach to claims based on religious persecution, and said it was working to improve the training provided to decision-makers on religious conversion.
23 Mar 2019