The letter was posted on Twitter by Nathan Stevens, who describes himself as an Immigration Caseworker specialising in immigration and asylum applications and appeals.
The reply quotes a number of Bible verses including Matthew 10:34 where Jesus says ‘Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.’ It says, ‘Similarly, the book of Revelation is filled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death and violence’, citing chapter 2 verses 22-23 and chapter 9 verses 3-6. It says: ‘These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a “peaceful” religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence rage and revenge.’
The letter was met by outrage on social media, with comments expressing astonishment that it could form part of an official response to a request for asylum. Rt Rev Paul Butler said: ‘I am extremely concerned that a Government department could determine the future of another human being based on such a profound misunderstanding of the texts and practices of faith communities. To use extracts from the Book of Revelation to argue that Christianity is a violent religion is like arguing that a Government report on the impact of Climate Change is advocating drought and flooding.