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Archbishop of Canterbury: those concerned about assimilating migrants are not racist

March 15, 2016

In an interview with the Parliament’s weekly magazine, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury called upon Britain to be welcoming to migrants but said that concerns about their assimilation are not racist.

“There is a tendency to say ‘those people are racist’, which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous,” said the head of the Church of England. “Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis. This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable.”

Archbishop Welby said that he would not take sides in the debate about whether the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union, lamented the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and expressed concern about secularism in England.

“We need to be confident about our own heritage, our Judeo-Christian heritage, whether we’re believers or not,” he said.

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  • Posted by: MatJohn - Mar. 16, 2016 8:45 AM ET USA

    USCCB please take notice!

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Mar. 16, 2016 7:48 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Welby has reason on his side. Is it wise for Britain to welcome migrants who, if past experience is any guide, simply do not want to be assimilated?