House of Commons

Home Secretary orders urgent investigation into asylum rejection letter which criticised Bible

Tue 02 Apr 2019
By Eno Adeogun

The Home Secretary has admitted it was "totally unacceptable" for his department to quote the Bible to question an Iranian Christian convert's asylum application and has ordered an urgent investigation into what happened.

After explaining his desire to convert to join a peaceful religion, the Home Office sent him a letter citing scripture, and labelled the Book of Revelation as being "filled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violence".

The case received widespread criticism from numerous church leaders.


Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh on Monday raised the case in the House of Commons to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

He asked: "Will my right honourable friend acknowledge that amongst his officials, they may be so worried about being accused of Islamophobia or anti-Semitism that they overcompensate by becoming Christian critical and don't understand that Christianity is the cornerstone of all our freedoms?"


Mr Javid said he had seen the letter and added: "It is not in accordance with policies of the Home Office in any way.

"I have ordered an urgent investigation and not ruled out any further action."


Nathan Stevens, the Christian immigration case worker who is working on the Iranian national's case has now revealed that the Home Office is withdrawing its refusal notice and case workers will be given more opportunities to present further evidence regarding the asylum application.

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