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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Church campaign reveals truth about race issues
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¬† Most people think the UK is becoming swamped with asylum seekers. In fact just 0.3% of the population are seeking asylum. That is one of the findings in a new information pack, published by the Churches Commission for Racial Justice in preparation for Racial Justice Sunday next month. The MORI poll they quote, shows that most people think asylum seekers get £113 a week when in reality, at the time of the survey, a single asylum seekers got only £36.40. The report also shows that many think around 20% of the UK population are immigrants, when in fact just 4% are immigrants Similarly, while most think 26% of people in the UK belong to ethnic minorities, people from other ethnic groups account for just 7% of the population. "False ideas stir up hatred" the report says. "They are fostered by biased inaccurate reporting and loaded political statements. False beliefs lead to frustration and violence." On Sunday 9 September, CTBI is encouraging every church to focus their Sunday worship on the theme of racial justice, and to make a commitment to work for racial justice and undertake further action. The Rev Arlington Trotman, CCRJ secretary said: "In observing Racial Justice Sunday we confront the various manifestations of racial discrimination and xenophobia. We speak up for the voiceless, and we protect the persecuted, tortured or those demonised simply because they look different." For a copy of the CTBI racial justice pack call: 020 7523 2121 or e-mail: ccrj@ctbi.org.uk
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