Trump’s Islamophobic Retweets Widely Condemned By Religious Leaders

Source: Huffington Post

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet the messages of a far-right and virulently anti-Muslim British activist has provoked condemnation from religious leaders on both sides of the pond.

Muslim organizations and interfaith allies spoke out on Wednesday against Trump’s role in amplifying three videos shared by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen. The critics said the president’s retweets gave her a much bigger platform on which to spread anti-Muslim hate.

Britain First is a fringe political party in the U.K. known for spreading hoaxes about Islam online. Although it claims to be defending Britain’s Christian heritage and promoting Christian values, the anti-immigrant group has been thoroughly denounced by every major Christian denomination in the U.K.

TONY MARGIOCCHI/BARCROFT MEDIA VIA GETTY IMAGES
Jayda Fransen (center) joins a Britain First protest march on June 27, 2015, in Luton, England.

On Wednesday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, called on Trump to “remove his Britain First retweets and make clear his opposition to racism and hatred.”

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