The UN Home Office is facing more questions about its attitude towards Christian asylum seekers amid claims it rejected an Iranian woman’s application to move to Britain by telling her, ‘your belief in Jesus is half-hearted’.
There was outrage this week after it emerged a convert was refused asylum in 2016 because an official said his conversion from Islam was ‘inconsistent’ with his suggestion Christianity was a peaceful religion – by highlighting violent passages from the Bible.
Now immigration caseworker Nathan Stevens, who exposed the first case, has said another Iranian he worked with had her application rejected after an official criticised her for admitting Jesus could not protect her from his country’s tyrannical regime.
Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society told the Independent it was ‘wholly inappropriate’ for the Home Office to use ‘theological justifications for refusing asylum applications’.
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