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Christian Conservative commentator thinks it was wrong for Archbishop of Canterbury to comment on Rwanda policy

by Alex Collett

A Christian Conservative commentator has spoken up and said that she thinks it was innappropriate of the Archbishop of Canterbury to comment on the Rwanda policy.

The first flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda was grounded last night, by a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.

However Priti Patel, the home secretary, says the govenment intend for the first flight to still go ahead. 

The Rwanda policy has received criticism from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York - who called it "immoral."

Christian Conservative commentator, Samantha Smith told Premier Christian News that she feels it was not right for the Archbishop to commentate on a 'Political' issue: “The Archbishop of Canterbury should be preaching the gospel, not preaching politics, it isn't for him to just have in the church's moral doctrine.

“Obviously, he is the sound of God, but as a Roman Catholic, I don't necessarily believe his comments on the Rwandan policy are appropriate because they alienate many of his churchgoers, many of the general congregation who perhaps believe that sympathy and empathy should be separated from the legal and moral obligations of systems of this country support those who are illegally entering our shores.”

Smith also spoke about why she believes in the Rwandan policy: “I want to first draw a distinction, between legitimate refugees and asylum seekers, and those that are crossing the Channel from France, Greece, Italy and other safe European nations.

“Those that come to the UK- because they think they'll get a better deal- after first landing in France, Greece or Italy, they all forfeit their rights to claim legal asylum in the UK.

“Because this isn't the first safe nation they've reached and they're wanting the policy.”

“I think that it's deeply hypocritical for many of the left to be referring to Rwanda as this hell hole, or, this barren, desolate, desolate wasteland, when Rwanda is a flourishing developing nation.”

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