Catholic life peer Lord David Alton has called on new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep his election promise to speak up for persecuted Christians.
Lord Alton said: “Now that Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, I hope that he will see the importance of speaking up and acting on behalf of persecuted Christians – some of whom have been victims of genocide and crimes against humanity.”
On 8 July 2019, during his election campaign, Mr Johnson posted a message about religious freedom on Twitter: “I welcome the Foreign Office’s review published today into the persecution of Christians abroad. If I am fortunate enough to become PM, I will always prioritise protecting religious freedoms and stand up for those facing persecution.”
The tweet was posted after a report into worldwide anti-Christian persecution, ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in December 2018, revealed that Christians are the most persecuted religious group.
Following the report, written by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, Mr Hunt called on the Foreign Office to identify the “particular character” of discrimination against Christians and that it should be labelled “Christophobia”.
Lord Alton, who recently won a prestigious award in Washington D.C. for giving a voice to those persecuted for religious beliefs, commended Mr Hunt.
“I have been very impressed by the action that Jeremy Hunt has taken to prioritise the persecution of Christians and others who suffer for their religious beliefs,” he said.
Looking forward, Lord Alton called on Catholics and people of faith to remind Mr Johnson of his election promise to stand up for persecuted Christians.
“During his election campaign, he said that he would prioritise the issue, and we will now have to keep him to his word,” he said.
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