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The Church of England has repressed, including the Home Secretary, after reports that asylum seekers had converted to Christianity over a five-week course to avoid deportation. The Telegraph revealed that 32-year-old Emad al-Swealmeen had converted from Islam to Britain’s largest religion after his asylum claim was rejected back in 2014.
After the dismissal, al-Swealmeen reportedly launched an “appeal, after appeal, after appeal” and even had a legal challenge pending during his suicide bombing in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday.
The Iraqi was confirmed at Liverpool Cathedral in March 2017.
The leaflet claims that the Home Office now believes that conversion is a “standard practice” among those trying to “play the asylum system”.
It is believed to be part of the Christian community can show that an asylum seeker could be persecuted if they return to their home country.
It can also be used as evidence to suggest that an asylum seeker has been successfully integrated into Western society.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, 56, had previously urged Britons to be “generous” to migrants fleeing conflict and suggested that people remember Jesus as a refugee.
But Priti Patel, 49, hit the system.
The MP for Witham, who succeeded Sajid Javid as interior minister in July 2019, said: “It is a complete carousel.
“And it is being exploited.
“It has been exploited quite openly by an entire professional legal services industry, which has based itself on rights of appeal, going to court day after day at the expense of taxpayers with legal aid.”
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Sam Ashworth-Hayes, director of studies at the London-based Henry Jackson Society, added: “We know people are willing to lie to gain asylum, up to and including falsifying religious conversions.
“While the Home Office should eradicate false converts seeking asylum, the Church of England has been hopelessly naive in accepting so many converts from migrant backgrounds and thus willingly offering them support in their asylum applications.
“It’s one thing to offer a graceful welcome to those in need.
“There is another to be taken for fools.
“When immigration courts complain about ‘unlikely large’ numbers of converts and clergy publicly declaring that people are pretending to convert to exploit the system, something is clearly going wrong.”
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Claims that asylum seekers deceived the system have also been confirmed by the former Dean of Liverpool and a Muslim convert in Merseyside to Christianity.
Pastor Pete Wilcox said: “I can’t think of a single example of someone who already had British citizenship converting here with us from Islam to Christianity.”
Mohammad Eghtedarian, a convert who later served as vicar at the city’s cathedral, claimed: “There are a lot of people abusing the system – I’m not ashamed to say that.”
According to the Telegraph, a spokesman for the Church of England responded by saying: “Churches welcome all people and celebrate with those who choose to make a commitment to Christ, but of course discernment is also needed.
Just as Jesus counseled his disciples to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves,” the clergy must be sure that those seeking baptism fully understand what it means, as a unique sacramental act of initiation that introduces an individual into the Church.
“However, it is not the role of clergy to establish the legitimacy of asylum claims and assess security implications.
“We are not aware of any evidence to suggest a widespread correlation between conversion to Christianity, or any other belief, and abuse of the asylum system.”
A Liverpool Cathedral spokesman added: “Liverpool Cathedral has developed strengthening processes to distinguish whether someone might express a genuine commitment to faith.
“These include requirements for regular participation, along with participation in a recognized Christian basic course.
“We would expect someone to be closely connected with the community for at least two years before we consider supporting an application.”