Post-colonial guilt stops UK helping Christians who are being persecuted around the world, bishop says

A feeling of ‘post-colonial guilt’ and the idea that following Jesus is ‘an expression of white western privilege’ has hampered the UK in helping persecuted Christians, a bishop says.

The Right Rev Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro, said Britain had ‘something of a blind spot to the persecution of Christians’, adding there was a ‘real reluctance to see a religious component’ in some parts of the world suffering with violence.

In an interview with The Times, before the Easter Sunday Sri Lanka bombings, the bishop, 59, said: ‘There is a lot of post-colonial guilt around a residual sense that the Christian faith is an expression of white western privilege.