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Rev Julian Mann: Has political correctness denied orthodox Kenyan churchman entry to Britain?


Is the UK Government’s refusal to grant a temporary entry visa to an Archdeacon from the Anglican Church of Kenya due to a post-Brexit spurt of political correctness by civil servants or to their ignorantly mistaking him for a hate preacher?

Either option is possible and of course the two are related.

Two significant facts must be brought to bear on this extraordinary bureaucratic decision.

1). The Archdeacon in question had been invited for a month of Christian ministry in an English diocese with a heavily Muslim population.

2). The Anglican Church of Kenya is known for its orthodox biblical stance on human sexuality and its opposition to practising homosexuality. The former chairman of the orthodox Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans was the recently retired Archbishop of Kenya, the gentleman giant of the Anglican Communion, Dr Eliud Wabukala.

If these two considerations were in the minds of the civil servants who have blocked the Kenyan Archdeacon, what an extraordinary reflection on the British politically correct establishment that is. Socially Marxist activists at the heart of government will collude with Islam to prevent a Christian preacher from entering the UK on the ground that he is homophobic.

Have they never read the Koran?

Christian MPs and sympathisers who have been informed of this fiasco will hopefully raise it with the new Home Secretary and, aware that Kenya is a vital ally in the war on terror, she will overturn such a shameful decision, allowing a faithful, gracious and loving minister of the Lord Jesus Christ to come and preach the true gospel of God’s saving love in our country.

Lord knows we need it.

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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