To all those in UKIP,
You make me angry.
I have been studying most of today about something I assumed was hardly related, and yet the more I read the more angry I became because the smug nonsense from UKIP keeps coming over the TV, radio and through the news/media. I was already pretty pissed off with you but apparently you had to try to go one further and claim to be assisting Christians, promoting your policies as protecting our “Christian heritage”,
I am a Christian. Pretty much everyone I know knows this about me. It is not something I hide and as I’m studying Theology it often comes with the territory. Therefore I just want to say a few things:
UKIP, Christ would be ashamed of you.
Whilst claiming to protect Christian conscience you also aim to cut all foreign aid. You may be able to twist your morality around the words “love your neighbour” to feel comfortable with simply offering a Christmas card each year to your suburban neighbours, but Jesus was pretty much a traveller when he suggested this. Neighbour is not as clear as “the person who lives within 100 ft of you” and does not rule out society’s neighbours, our countries’ neighbours, or should we ever find some, the planet’s neighbours. Neither can you claim Jesus only meant such ethical guides to be used by the individual! The church was not an individual, it acts as the body of Christ, and if you are claiming that the UK has Christian heritage then you are drawing a very blurred, extraordinarily pointless line that only really helps you feel OK with giving a couple of pounds to your established registered charity whilst also ripping away the tiny percentage of taxes that goes to those suffering around the world INCLUDING those in Nepal trying to rebuild their entire lives and those who almost lost theirs in the Mediterranean.
Neither would he be claiming that immigrants are the root of all our problems as if your own bloodlines aren’t filled to the brim with Viking, Roman, Greek, French, and oh so much more. Our entire country is full of the profits, the culture, and the beauty of the cultures we embraced over millennia. What you are actually saying is that we are full now, coincidentally just after Nigel Farage’s wife came over, but before those people, you know, the bad sort of immigrants from the East of Europe. We must stop them. What you are also indirectly saying is that those of Italian roots, Indian, Spanish, Polish, and German should also have never really been allowed in, and they weren’t good enough to be British. What you don’t realise is that you are making me ashamed to be British. You make me want to tell them to stay where they are because why on earth would they want to be belittled, insulted, and judged as unworthy by idiots like you. Our Royal family is part German, part Greek (the country you keep complaining about helping out when the people there were in serious trouble – surprise surprise!). Our “British” Museum is full of the ancient pieces of world history. Our food is inspired by more countries and peoples than I could name and we adore them. When you insult immigrants, the many amazing people living and working in this country,you insult countless people I studied with, incredible lecturers who taught me, friends I lived with, doctors and nurses who care for me, a specialist who performed the emergency c-section which saved my daughter and I, and thousands more, what you do is insult our friends, our family members, and our community. You insult us.
When Jesus said ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me,’ do you think he meant ‘except when you have HIV/AIDs or are from another country’? Because I don’t. I felt physically sick when Nigel Farage said he would stop those with HIV firstly, entering the country, and secondly, being treated. Have you no heart, no humanity? These are people suffering from a horrendous illness and potentially dying from it, and you are complaining about the cost? What is the cost of someone’s life? When you suffer a heart attack or are diagnosed with cancer, do UK taxpayers get to judge whether you deserve their money spent on you? When Aneurin Bevan fathered the NHS he claimed “illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost of which should be shared by the community.” If you want to add to that little side notes where people = those of British origins, and cost = as long as its not too much, and community = those within the political boundary drawn on the map labelled “Great Britain”, then you go for it but you miss the point, the motive, and the heart behind such an organisation.
As a Christian I thank you for your mild concern over my freedom of conscience and religion. I’m not too worried. Firstly, the EU Declaration of Human Rights (which you want to abolish) protects me just fine. Secondly, if I want to say something about my faith I will do so and suffer whatever consequences may come, because that’s what Jesus told me to do, I don’t need you. Thirdly, I would rather lose all my rights than sell my soul to those who wish to use minorities’ presence in my home country as a scapegoat to scare me into giving them my vote. I am not scared by anything but the possibility of UKIP having any position of power in our government (however screwed up it is right now and however tear-inducing a hung parliament could be).
The number of times I have thought about vandalising your boards, hitting them with a hammer, chopping them into bits, or simply writing a nice letter (possibly a little politer than this rejecting all your political ‘policies’) are reaching their hundreds and the Tory billboards alongside don’t help either. However, I have resisted the temptation and simply pray that people will realise your smiling charismatic leader who tries to cover up the greed, xenophobia, and fear-mongering, is not worth their time and use their vote more wisely.
God does not support you, He is with the poor, the strangers, the orphans, the ill, the injured, the minorities and marginalised. He is with everyone you stand against and He is bigger than you could ever become. One day I hope you apologise for the disservice you show His children.
I will pray for you,
2nd May 2015