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29th August 2001
Retiring priest hits out at 'racist' church

Retiring Reverend Rajinder Daniel claims the Church of England is 'racist to the core'.

 
Retiring Reverend Rajinder Daniel claims the Church of England is 'racist to the core'.

One of the first priests from an ethnic minority to be ordained in the Church of England has spoken out against racism in the church.

As he retires following nine years as the Rector of Braunstone, the Reverend Rajinder Daniel feels the church is not doing enough to combat racism.

Reverend Daniel, who has been a long-standing campaigner for racial equality and justice, has been very active in Braunstone - both in community projects and improving church facilities.

"The church is racist to the core and continues to be today. For example, clergy are not as easily accepted by white congregations"

Reverend Rajinder Daniel


Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester's Sandra Herbert, the reverend commented that the Church of England needs to do more to reach out to ethnic minorities and combat internal racism.

"The church is racist to the core and continues to be today. I have been turned down by at least three parishes because they wanted a white priest, says Reverend Daniel.

"I have been turned down for funerals, weddings and baptisms. I just feel sorry for them, it's their loss. I think the church has done very little. It's one of those things why people aren't going back to the church for that reason - because they know in the end, it is not going to be their home," added Reverend Daniel.


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