Even throughout most of the 20th century, the Catholic Church and Ireland were so intertwined that in 1936, an updated preamble to the Irish constitution began: “In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred…”And this:
But in the past 20 or so years, all of that has changed. The Irish have collectively turned their backs on the Catholic Church. Gone are any references to the Trinity in the constitution. Church attendance is way down, as are vocations, and divorce is up.
The Church of Englandhas attacked the Home Office for using Bible quotes to argue that Christianity is not a peaceful religion in a bid to reject an asylum seeker.I can understand rejecting an Iranian asylum seeking for many other reasons, but this is ridiculous. Islam believes in killing infidels, and Christianity does not. The entire history of Islam is to use violence to attack its enemies, while Christian use of violence has been in self-defense. It is absurd to rely on the book of Revelation for examples.
The Iranian national, who has not been identified, claimed asylum in 2016 but his application was rejected after government officials said his conversion from Islam was “inconsistent” with his claim that Christianity is a peaceful religion.
In order to reiterate the point, the Home Office wrote a lengthy and “unbelievably offensive” refusal letter referencing six Bible passages and claiming that the book of Revelation is filled with “images of revenge, destruction, death and violence”.
The Home Office rejection, below the quoted verses concludes: “These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a 'peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge.”