Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury said it is “outrageous” to describe people who are worried about the impact of mass migration as racist.
There is “genuine fear” of the impact on housing, jobs and the national health system, Archbishop Austin Welby told Parliament’s The House magazine.
He recognized that some people had concerns about the pressure new arrivals put on communities and services. The archbishop said: “There is a tendency to say, ‘Those people are racist,’ which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous.”
“Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis,” he added. “This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable.”
He said it was “really important” that fears were listened to, and resources put in place to address them.
Welby’s country has for years banned American activists such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who speak on the evils and intolerance of Shariah law that is being imported into the West through Muslim immigration.
The U.S. issues more than 120,000 green cards per year to persons from Shariah-compliant Muslim countries. At least that many more come each year as students and guest workers.
As WND has previously reported, it is a favorite tactic of the refugee resettlement industry to attack anyone who asks too many questions or expresses too many concerns as “racist” or “Islamophobic.”
The Obama administration has increasingly placed Muslim refugees into smaller cities, where they are less likely to receive a warm welcome. When the inevitable push-back begins, the refugee proponents swoop in with town-hall meetings and literature meant to sway the local populace. “Inclusion” is encouraged by church groups that usually lead the way, but tolerance for dissident views only goes so far.
A WND report from May 2015 exposed the strategy of the refugee-resettlement industry to deride and intimidate any politician or activist who opposes its agenda to change the demographics of their town by secretly infusing it with Muslim refugees hand-selected by the United Nations.
WND has also reported that the term “Islamophobic” was a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood and is used repeatedly by its affiliates such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, as a way to infringe upon Americans’ First Amendment rights where Islam is concerned.
Political battles are raging right now in South Carolina and in Montana, where citizens are organizing against plans by the federal government and its contractors to place Syrian refugees into their communities without their approval.
In South Carolina, it is Lutheran Services Carolinas and World Relief, a division of the National Association of Evangelicals, that are working with the government to place Muslim refugees in the state.
In Montana, it’s the International Rescue Committee and another group called WorldMontana that are planning to bring Syrian refugees into the Missoula and Helena areas.
About half-a-dozen counties in South Carolina and two county commissions in Montana have voted to send letters to the Obama administration saying they will not be welcoming Syrian refugees, citing economic issues and national security concerns.
Those protesting have been called racists, bigots and Islamophobes by proponents, said Caroline Solomon, a resident of Flathead County.
“They call us all kinds of names, like Islamophobes, and I think CAIR is behind it,” she said. “I think political correctness will destroy us. The Muslim Brotherhood, they said it in their Explanatory Memorandum (seized by the FBI as evidence in 2004 from a house in Virginia), that they will destroy us from within using immigration and political correctness as a weapon, and they are using it very aggressively at this time.”
Britain needs to do more for refugees
Despite his cautionary position on listening to concerns, Welby said Britain should continue taking in refugees and that the 20,000 Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to accept is not enough.
Welby said Germany is doing a far better job of welcoming those fleeing war and terrorism.
The archbishop praised the “absolutely superb” humanitarian work Britain was doing in refugee camps surrounding Syria and Iraq, the BBC reported.
However, he said Britain’s pledge to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 did not compare well with the 1.1 million accepted by Germany and urged the U.K. to take “our share.”
“I was in Berlin, and the churches there are doing the most extraordinary things, as are the German people,” the archbishop said. “They took 1.1 million last year. And it does make 20,000 over several years sound really very thin.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who is one of five cabinet ministers campaigning for the U.K. to leave the E.U., welcomed the archbishop’s comments on migration.
“These are rational comments from the archbishop – they’re to be welcomed,” he said. “But you wonder just how late they’ve come from various people in institutions, so I congratulate him.
“If you think back, for far too many years what’s happened is that in a sense the elites have all said, ‘It’s terrible to talk about immigration and if you do you’re racist,’ so they’ve shut down the debate for many, many years.”
Duncan Smith said this was leading the debate about immigration to be “pushed to the margins, which is what you’re seeing in Europe, and then political parties and people with very poor intentions and rather nasty motives then start to take this issue and that’s where you lose control.”