A CHURCH OF ENGLAND clergyman yesterday branded the commemoration of Captain Sir Tom Moore as a “cult of white British nationalism”.
The Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown appeared to dismiss the efforts of the war hero, which had been praised by the Archbishop of Cantebury and political leaders.
Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown appeared to dismiss the efforts of the war heroCredit: Twitter
Captain Tom Moore died this week after contracting Covid-19Credit: EPA
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The cleric, who was newly appointed to a prestigious post by the Bishop of London, said he would not join in on yesterday’s national clap to mark the Mr Moore’s death.
In a now-deleted tweet, he wrote: “The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of White British Nationalism. I will offer prayers for the repose of his kind and generous soul, but I will not be joining the “National Clap”.”
Former Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman said it was an “appalling comment”.
His comment appeared to contradict The Archbishop who marked Captain Tom’s death by saying he was “an inspiration to millions”.
Mr Robinson-Brown deleted the tweet after receiving backlash and wrote an apology that read: “I offer an unreserved apology for the insensitive timing and content of my tweet regarding the clap for Captain Tom.”
He said he will sign the church’s digital charter, which is designed to “help make social media and the web more widely positive places”.
Last night, Britain saluted hero Captain Sir Tom Moore last night with doorstep applause ringing out across the nation.
And among those joining in were Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah, grandchildren Benji and Georgia and son-in-law Colin in Marston Moretaine, Beds.
The family were said to be “incredibly touched”.
There was also clapping at Premier League matches and at Bedford hospital, where he died from Covid on Tuesday, aged 100.
Troops took part outside the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorks — where Captain Tom was made an honorary colonel last year.
He had captured the country’s hearts by raising £39million for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden.
Captain Tom’s heartbroken family stepped out tonight to pay tribute to the war veteranCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are seen clapping outside Downing StreetCredit: PA:Press Association
NHS staff participate in a national clap for late Captain Sir Tom Moore at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in LondonCredit: Reuters
Keir Starmer and wife Victoria clap for Captain TomCredit: ©Karwai Tang
Nicola Sturgeon claps for Captain Sir Tom Moore Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Players of Manchester City take part in a minutes applause in memory of Sir Captain Tom MooreCredit: Getty Images – Getty