There seriously needs to be an investigation into who is employed by the Home Office, there are too many anomalies.
Christian archbishops from the Middle East are BANNED from the UK despite being invited to meet Prince Charles – yet ‘extremist Islamic preachers are allowed in’
- Three archbishops from Iraq and Syria were denied visas to the UK
- They were invited to attend a ceremony and meet Princes Charles
- The Barnabas Fund alleges extremists are being given better treatment
- The Home Office recently allowed asylum to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
Three Christian leaders from Iraq and Syria were denied entrance to the UK last week – despite a formal invitation to meet Prince Charles.
The men planned to travel to London for a consecration ceremony of Britain’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.
Archbishops Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf of Mosul, Timothius Mousa Shamani of St Matthew’s in Nineveh valley of northern Iraq, and Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of Homs and Hama in Syria reportedly missed the event as the Home Office deemed their visa applications unacceptable.
The three claimed that they were told their visas were denied because they ‘did not have enough money to support themselves and might not leave the UK’, according to the Sunday Express.
Archbishop Alnemeh claims he was told by the British embassy that they do not issue visas to anyone in Syria.
Prince Charles, Princes of Wales, pictured right, attended the event alongside the Archbishop of Syriac Orthodox Church Athanasius Toma Dawod Dakkama, pictured left
The incident has been condemned by critics such as Dr Martin Parsons, who heads research at the Barnabas Fund, which aids Christians to escape war-torn countries.
He said: ‘It’s unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians.
‘There is a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate the persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their application for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to Christian leaders whose churches are facing genocide.’
In August of this year, The Home Office released a statement which discussed asylum grants being given to members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – which is characterised as a terrorist organisation in their own country.
At the joyous event, the first Syrian Orthodox Church in Britain was consecrated, and Prince Charles used the opportunity to discuss the grave suffering in Syria.
According to their statement: ‘High profile supporters or those perceived to support the MB, such as journalists, may also be similarly at risk of persecution. In such cases, a grant of asylum will be appropriate.’
Dr Parsons also claims that two Islamic leaders from Pakistan who advocate the killing of Christians accused of blasphemy were granted UK visas in July.
The Home Office told the Sunday Express that ‘all visa applications are considered on their individual merits and applicants must provide evidence to show they meet the requirements of the immigration rules.’
The Mail Online has contacted the Home Office for a response on the incident.
UK VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR STANDARD SHORT-STAY
The Home Office website details their requirements to be eligible for a standard, short-stay visa:
‘You must always show that:
- you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit
- you’re able to support yourself and any dependents for the duration of your trip
- you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit
- you have proof of any business or other activities you want to do in the UK, as allowed by the Visitor Rules’