Update: Barthsnotes has more.
Back in 2006, Reverend Robert West was suspended from the Tory Party for addressing a BNP meeting. He went on to set up the Christian Council of Britain, which although claiming to represent ‘Christian values,’ was little more than a front group for the racist policies of the BNP.
Since then, various Christian organisations have denounced the Christian Council of Britain, whilst the BNP’s religious tactics have been reported in the Christian press. Back in December 2008, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ban clergy from joining the BNP.
Suffice to say, Rev West is none too happy.
This Sunday, Rev West addressed a congregation in the Baptist Chapel in Barton in the Beans, Leicestershire, deploring the General Synod’s decision. West also claimed of his party:
” The BNP is Britain’s finest and most decent Party, and it is my view that they are being unjustly picked on for simply telling the truth and standing up for the native peoples in their own country.”
Today the BNP website reports that Rev West addressed a BNP meeting in Charnwood. At the same meeting, the BNP’s East Midlands press officer told attendees:
“We are the indigenous people of this island, and as such, have a right to maintain our homeland for our own people.”
Rev West is also a BNP candidate for the upcoming East Midlands MEP elections, and is now being promoted on the pro-BNP ‘Melton and Rutland Community’ blog.