LONDON: Britain should withhold aid to the countries that persecute Christians, a senior Conservative asserted.
Liam Fox- former Defence Secretary said: it is unacceptable for taxpayers’ money to go to regimes that do not “represent our values” and refused to tolerate other religions. A lot of people find it increasingly unacceptable as we look round the world and we see persecution of Christians, for example, or persecution of other religious minorities. They say, Why should our money be given to regimes and governments who are extremely intolerant when it comes to other people’s religions?
An international news agency reports that Liam Fox mentioned Pakistan and Somalia as, “countries that fell short of British ethical values.”
Previously, several British MPs have raised concerns for Christians in the Middle East followed by a warning by Prince Charles last month of a “crisis” of organised persecution of Christians in the region. The Prince of Wales while addressing the Middle Eastern Christian leaders at Clarence House said: Christians in the Middle East are, increasingly, being deliberately targeted by fundamentalist Islamist militants.
A few days later Douglas Alexander- the shadow foreign secretary, in a disheartening article published in the Sunday Telegraph thus accused and criticized the British politicians of having “forsaken” the cause of Christians in the Middle East.” Douglas Alexander however praised the Conservative Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi, and the DUP MP Jim Shannon, for speaking out in Parliament and elsewhere for the rights of Christian minorities.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom’s first Minister of Faith, came to Washington last week on a mission to stop the global persecution of Christians. Baroness Warsi, the first Muslim ever to serve in a British Cabinet. She urged for cross-faith, cross-continent unity to protect Christian minorities saying: We need a new approach, of course there have been times when faiths have been at each other, but there are real periods in history where faiths have coexisted and have been incredibly supportive. She went on to say: religious persecution is the biggest challenge of this young century. First of all, it is about working up the political will. It is about getting some consensus; it is about politicians being prepared to take on these difficult challenges.