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Support for BNP is support for racism

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17 June 2009

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From the Revd Ken Flood

Sir, — While I was fascinated to read of Canon Pickard’s liberal education (Letters, 12 June) I think he may have missed the point.

Joining a party such as the BNP is not simply expressing an attitude or view. It is acting to promote that viewpoint, even if only by paying a subscription which funds the organisation and therefore furthers its aims.

The Church has long held that some actions are incompatible with being a member of the clergy. Promoting racial division is one such action.

KEN FLOOD
The Rectory, Edge Lane
Manchester M21 9JF

From the Revd Alan Gadd

Sir, — When 322 General Synod members voted for Vasantha Gnanadoss’s Private Member’s Motion they were, I believe, drawing a clear line between Christianity and the white nationalism of the BNP.

It is disappointing that Canon Pickard’s educational background has led in his case to a respect for the views of the BNP, but a dis­respect, based on prejudice rather than information, for the edu­ca­tion­al and cultural heritage of the author of the motion.

ALAN GADD
24 Holmewood Gardens
London SW2 3RS

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