Lord Carey thinks the Government should do more to help Christians in the Middle East
Lord George Carey believes there is "an institutional bias" against Christians fleeing warzones and claims it is easier for Muslim refugees to gain access to UNHCR-run camps and therefore making it difficult for them to be included in schemes that could grant them sanctuary in Britain.
He is adamant the Government's perceived failures to jump to the aid of Christians in favour of helping Muslims could amount to "unlawful discrimination", as the Government should be legally obliged to help Christians facing genocide in the Middle East at the hands of groups like Islamic State (ISIS).
Lord Carey, who published a letter in the Telegraph, said: "It is distressing beyond belief to know the steady ‘crucifixion’ of Middle East Christians continues.
“In the run-up to Easter British taxpayers will be appalled by this institutional bias against Christians by politically-correct officials."
He added Government workers have a "politically-correct phobia of avoiding any risk of being perceived as anti-Muslim".
The former Archbishop said: "The Muslim victims of the conflict in the Middle East deserve the same compassion as the minority victims. But at the moment they are receiving greater support than the minorities which are targeted by Muslim extremists."
Yazidi and Christian believers have been ceremonially executed by ISIS
Christians have been savagely purged in Syria, alongside Yazidis – an ancient religious sect that has seen men ceremonially executed and women sold into sex slavery, as well as several hundred being encircled and left to starve to death in the searing heat by ISIS extremists.
ISIS marks Christian homes with the word 'nun', short for Nassarah, meaning Christian, and forced then to leave extremist-held regions.
In June 2015, 232 Assyrians were kidnapped in an ISIS attack on Christian farming villages on the banks of the Khabur River in Northeast Syria – 51 were children and 84 women.
The House of Commons passed a resolution saying "Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide", but the British Government is yet to officially recognise that position.
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Lord Carey added that because most of the refugee camps in the Middle East are "invariably" run by Muslims, it can prevent Christians from getting easy access.
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He said: "The massive aid budget of which the government is rightly proud is being funnelled by the Department for International Development into the UN camps which claim to offer shelter and a potential route to the West for the most needy.
"Yet here is the problem. These camps are invariably run by Muslim officials who are often hostile to minorities – especially Muslims who have converted to Christianity. So the refugees who are too scared to enter the camps lose out on both food aid and opportunities to find sanctuary in safer countries."
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A Government spokesman said: "UK aid is provided in line with humanitarian principles, so whoever needs our help the most gets it first, regardless of race, gender or religion.
"We work with trusted partners who operate in line with those same principles of neutrality and impartiality, including in practicalities such as refugee camp management and staffing. To suggest otherwise is wrong.
"And with all of our resettlement schemes we work closely with UNHCR to identify cases that they deem most in need of resettlement according to their established vulnerability criteria."