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Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to meet MP to talk about Christian persecution

by Cara Bentley

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to meet a Scottish National Party MP to talk about Christian persecution. 

David Linden, the MP for Glasgow East, asked Mr Johnson if he would meet him and a representative from the religious freedom group Christian Solidarity Worldwide to discuss believers being killed or tortured for what they believe. 

He stood up in parliament and said: "As we have seen today, religious intolerance in India is on the rise whether through the anti-Muslim citizenship laws, or Christians whose prayer meetings are disturbed and who are then subjected to brutal beatings. Will the Prime Minister agree to meet me and representatives from Christian Solidarity Worldwide to look more closely at the issue and ensure that India upholds freedom of religion or belief?"




The Prime Minister replied: "The hon. Gentleman raises a crucial issue that I am particularly concerned to defend and advance. That is why I was pleased to appoint my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham (Rehman Chishti) as our special envoy for freedom of religion or belief. I would be more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss protecting those of a Christian faith in India and around the world."

Mr Linden has frequently attended events in parliament supporting persecuted religious groups and recently met Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Christian teenager Leah Sharibu who is still being held captive by Boko Haram in Nigeria. 

The Prime Minister pledged last summer to introduce the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro's report into the experiences of Christians around the world, a task which has been taken up by the Government's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Rehman Chishti MP. 

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