Bishop of Wolverhampton condemns ‘blasphemous’ use of cross
The Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Right Revd Clive Gregory, has condemned the use of a Christian cross at a demonstration in Wolverhampton on Saturday 12 August by the far-right group ‘Britain First.’ Its members regularly carry large, white Christian crosses at their demonstrations. ‘Britain First’ wants to see Islam completely banned from the United Kingdom, with mosques closed and face-coverings made illegal.
Bishop Clive said: ‘Britain First’s use of the cross and claim to support Christianity is actually a kind of blasphemy. Jesus’ way is always the path of peace and reconciliation, of self-sacrifice and costly love, and in our contemporary multicultural society, that means particularly in our relationships with our neighbours of other faiths, including Muslims.
The Church of England’s Diocese of Lichfield, working in conjunction with the Church Urban Fund, works to build positive relationships between people of different faiths through ‘Near Neighbours,’ a national initiative which operates in the Black Country under the leadership of Ruth Burgess.