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Former chaplain to the Queen: All Christians are colour blind, racism doesn't exist

by Tola Mbakwe

A former chaplain to the Queen said he believes Christians should not support the Black Lives Matter movement and that racism doesn't exist for Christians. 

His comments in an interview with Premier came as he was criticising St Albans Cathedral for its decision to display a 12 foot painting of a black Jesus this weekend as part of a Black Lives Matter installation. 

The Cathedral said the artwork called 'A Last Supper' by Lorna May Wadsworth is part of a prayer installation in support of Black Lives Matter where people can light a candle and say a prayer for racial justice.

But Dr Gavin Ashenden denied that racism was an issue in the first place. 

"We have a problem with racism as an idea. What it does is it suggests that the locus of human malfunctioning is located between black and white people. But actually, that's just not true," he said. 

"First of all human beings exist on a skin colour that is scaled from white to black and everything in the middle. So when does someone stop being white and start being black? Racism iconography is nonsense. There are no races, we're all mixed up. What you have is people being nasty to each other. And that covers tall people against small people, ginger people get complained against, babies get killed in the womb.

"Racism is not the problem for the human race. It's a symptom of our dislocation from God and each other. And if you try and sort the human race out by dealing with racism, you won't achieve anything."

He then said that the Black Lives Matter is "an anti-Christian and Marxist organisation that wants to smash patriarchy, capitalism and the family."

When asked why the cathedral can't just support the phrase 'black lives matter', Dr Ashenden said that no one denied they mattered in the first place. 

"Of course black lives matter. Who would ever suggest the black lives, yellow lives, pink lives, gammon lives, human lives don't matter. No one's ever said lives don't matter. Anti-racism programs won't make the human race better. If we buy into them as such, we make a huge categorical error.

"Frankly, anti-racism is a racist event, because it throws you instantly into a paradigm of skin colour that otherwise doesn't matter. I have far greater trouble loving stupid people than I do people who come from a different country. For me, the country someone comes from, the skin tone they have, is totally irrelevant."

Dr Ashenden, who has recently transitioned from an Anglican to a Catholic, said that as soon as someone becomes a Christian, they become "colour blind", therefore explaining his reasons why racism isn't an issue in Christianity. 

"You really do become instantly colour blind," he said. 

 "You see the Holy Spirit in someone's eyes. You see Jesus in people and it changes everything.

"Racism does not exist for Christians. Racism is not a greater sin than any of the other sins of discrimination and hatred. It's one of the many, and there are so, so many, and you  don't deal with them one by one - you deal with the transformation of the human nature."

Dr Ashenden also disagreed with the painting being displayed in St Albans Cathedral because he believes it doesn't align with what Jesus looked like according to history. 

The painting of 'A Last Supper' will be on display from 4th July until 31st October. 

Listen to Premier's Interview with Dr Ashenden here: 

To see a range of opinions on matters of race and faith, head to https://www.premier.org.uk/Faith-and-Race

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