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Cleric apologises for ‘White Nationalism’ remark

04 February 2021

His comments concerned the clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died this week

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A tribute to the late Captain Sir Tom Moore is displayed at Piccadilly Circus in London, on Wednesday. Sir Tom, the 100-year-old veteran who was knighted last year after raising nearly £33 million for the NHS in the battle against Covid-19, died with the virus on Tuesday

A tribute to the late Captain Sir Tom Moore is displayed at Piccadilly Circus in London, on Wednesday. Sir Tom, the 100-year-old veteran who was knighted last year after raising nearly £33 million for the NHS in the battle against Covid-19, died with the virus on Tuesday

A LONDON clergyman, the Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown, has apologised for posting on social media that the clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died this week, was linked with “White British Nationalism”.

His post on Twitter — “The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of White British Nationalism. I will offer prayers for the repose of his kind and generous soul, but I will not be joining the ‘National Clap’” — was interpreted as a criticism of the man himself. It was quickly taken down, and Mr Robinson-Brown posted an apology in its place: “I offer an unreserved apology for the insensitive timing and content of my tweet regarding the clap for Captain Tom.”

A statement by the diocese of London said that the matter was being reviewed by the Archdeacon of London, the Ven. Luke Miller. “As a Church, we expect clergy to ensure that all online activity is in line with the Church of England’s social media guidelines and built on truth, kindness and sensitivity to others.”

The statement also said that Mr Robinson-Brown has been subjected to racial abuse as a result of the tweet.

On hearing of Captain Sir Tom’s death earlier this week, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “Captain Tom was the very best of us. His courage, compassion, resilience, hope, and generosity have been an inspiration to millions — and an example to us all. Where he walked, a nation followed. I give thanks to God for such a long life, so well lived. May Captain Tom Moore rest in peace.”

 

Mr Robinson-Brown’s talk for the SCM Press/Church Times event “How to Rage” is available on the Church Times Podcast. His talk is also featured here.

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