For a party routinely and regularly villified as anti-Semitic, the British National Party (BNP) have gone above and beyond the call of duty this week to try and convince British voters that they have parted company with their old ways.
To get people to vote for them in the European elections on Thursday June 4th, the BNP have this week unveiled a series of billboard posters featuring the world’s best known – and probably best loved – Jew: Jesus.
Alongside an image of Jesus, the poster quotes a part of a verse from John’s Gospel (15:20) in which Jesus says:
“If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you”
An e-bulletin from BNP leader Nick Griffin adds that this verse is in the context of Jesus’ teaching about love. Who knew that Mr Griffin was such a theologian?
Aside from the humour of the BNP using a Jew to promote itself – maybe they didn’t realise – a more insidious message underlies the advertising campaign. As Griffin’s e-bulletin goes on to add:
“The British National Party is the only political party which genuinely supports Britain’s Christian heritage. It is the only party which will defend our ancient faith and nation from the threat of Islamification.
“What has become of the Christian church in this country? Instead of inclusively ‘embracing all’ which the church claims is its basis, certain groups within that body have banned people from their ranks simply because of their membership in the British National Party.
“Surely if God calls a man to his service, no church has the right to contradict HIS holy will! For many years, the churches in this country scrupulously avoided being politically biased. Nowadays however we see a small number of clerics and bishops openly preaching hatred towards the BNP.
“Church leaders actively shun the word of God on issues like sodomy, abortion and social justice.
…our European election billboard aimed at attracting even more Christian voters. Jesus was viewed as a revolutionary figure, hated and hounded to death, not by ‘evil men’ but by the corrupt hypocrites who ran the church. Has nothing changed in two thousand years?
Apologies, Griffin isn’t the theologian previously thought as the ‘church’ clearly didn’t exist 2,000 years ago. Maybe he was trying to be ‘PC’ and not mention that the ‘evil men’ were those who ran the (Jewish) temple…he goes on:
“On June 4th, the leaders of Britain’s churches will find out that millions of good decent people support the British National Party.
“It’s not racist to support British jobs for British workers or to be opposed to militant Islam, it’s just common sense and in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The good news then is that the BNP are seemingly softening in their stance towards anti-Semitism, but scratch the surface, and the racism (British jobs for [white?] British workers), homophobia (shun the word of God on sodomy), and Islamophobia (too many references to mention) continue.
What would Jesus do…??? Probably not vote for the BNP.
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