The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called on Donald Trump to delete the retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right Britain First group, saying, “it’s disturbing that the President of the United States has chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists.”
Welby said in a statement on Facebook: “It is deeply disturbing that the President of the United States has chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists. Britain First seeks to divide communities and intimidate minorities, especially our Muslim friends and neighbors.”
“Britain First does not share our values of tolerance and solidarity. God calls us as Christians to love our neighbor and seek the flourishing of all in our communities, societies and nations. I join the urgent call of faith groups and others for President Trump not just to remove these tweets, but to make clear his opposition to racism and hatred in all forms,” Welby continued.
Welby’s statement comes after Prime Minister Theresa May slammed the retweets as “wrong” and as several British lawmakers ripped Trump, some even saying he is not welcome in their country. Brendan Cox, the husband of slain MP Jo Cox, who was stabbed to death by a Britain First sympathizer, ripped Trump for the retweets, saying, “spreading hatred has consequences” and he “should be ashamed of himself.”
Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) November 29, 2017