Christians for Economic Justice

Previously called Christianity Uncut

Christians urged to reject Tories and side with the poor

The following news release has been issued this evening (Sunday 7 October):


Christians urged to reject Tories and side with the poor

Worshippers at the official church service for Conservative Party conference have been urged to reject Tory policies and follow Jesus’ example of siding with the poor. Members of Christianity Uncut, a network of anti-capitalist Christians, handed out leaflets and food as an act of witness outside the service in Birmingham Christian Centre this evening (Sunday 7 October).

Many of the worshippers were delegates to the Conservative conference, including Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Christianity Uncut gave out leaflets declaring, ‘Jesus sided with the poor. Tories side with the super-rich.’ They offered delegates and other attenders pieces of bread to symbolise a sharing of the world’s resources. They prayed for all those involved.

Their placards declared ‘Christians for social justice’, ‘Meet needs, not accounting goals’ and ‘Disability Living Allowance: 0.5% fraud, 20% cuts’.

Most worshippers took the leaflets and some engaged in conversation although a few responded rudely to polite greetings.

Errol Thompson was one of several Birmingham Christians who joined the act of witness. He said:

“The key for me is about economic reform. I’m coming at it from a Christian perspective. Take Matthew 20,1-16 – the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. It’s about meeting need rather than accounting for work done.

“The whole banking system is designed to take money from the poor to the rich. If you actually do the sums, there is no way, through charging interest, that the system can ever balance.”


ENDS


Notes

  1. Christianity Uncut is an informal network of Christians campaigning against the UK government’s cuts agenda and the injustices of capitalism. We are inspired by Jesus, who took nonviolent direct action in the Jerusalem Temple in solidarity with people who are poor, exploited and marginalised.
  2. Photographs of the act of witness are available to media on request.
  3. The Conservative Party Conference church service was held at Birmingham Christian Centre at 6.30pm on Sunday 7 October. It was organised by the Conservative Christian Fellowship with the support of certain Birmingham churches.
  4. Christianity Uncut was founded in 2011. During the eviction of Occupy London Stock Exchange, five members of the group were dragged by police from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral as they knelt in prayer. It has recently been revealed that they were misled by the cathedral authorities about the cathedral’s role in the eviction. Please see https://christianityuncut.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/police-letter-reveals-st-pauls-misled-public-over-occupy-eviction.
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