A CHURCH probe has been launched into a clergyman who sparked fury by calling the clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore “a cult of white British nationalism”.
The Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown, 29, has also repeatedly attacked the government and branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel “oppressors”, it can be revealed.
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
The clergyman’s now-deleted tweetCredit: Twitter
The radical reverend has claimed Britain’s honours system was “deeply married” to “white supremacy” and blasted “ignorant white Christian men”.
In one recent rant, he accused Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng of “colomental claptrap” for defending the British empire.
The outspoken cleric was recently appointed to a prestigious church post by the Bishop of London, Sarah Mulally.
A petition to remove him has gained thousands of signatures after a backlash to his comments about commemorations to Captain Tom, who died this week aged 100 after catching Covid.
A spokesman for the Diocese of London said the trainee vicar’s comments were “unacceptable, insensitive, and ill-judged” and announced a review is being launched by the Archdeacon of London.
The Archbishop of Canterbury had been among those paying tribute to Captain Tom, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS.
But before last night’s clap for the hero WW2 veteran, Mr Robinson-Brown tweeted: “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”. “
The Church of England holyman later apologised and deleted the tweet.
But in another apparent snub, he then liked a post saying “if it’s going to come as a shock every time a priest says people shouldn’t worship false idols, we’re going to run out of pearls to clutch at pretty soon.”
He has branded Boris Johnson and Priti Patel ‘oppressors’Credit: Twitter
He has attacked Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng over his views on teaching Britain’s imperial pastCredit: Twitter
Mr Robinson-Brown has now deleted his Twitter account.
A spokesman for the Diocese of London said: “The fact that he immediately removed his tweet and subsequently apologised does not undo the hurt he has caused, not least to Captain Tom’s family.
“Nor do Jarel’s actions justify the racist abuse he is now receiving.
“A review is now underway, led by the Archdeacon of London. As a Church, we expect clergy to ensure that all online activity is in line with the Church of England’s social media guidelines and built on truth, kindness and sensitivity to others.
“It is incumbent upon all of us to make social media and the web more widely positive places for conversations to happen.”
The reverend has previously launched Twitter tirades against the government, the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary.
In one tweet, he wishes “a blessed Sunday to everyone except Boris, Priti and all other oppressors”.
He apologised for his tweet about Captain Tom but has since deleted his Twitter accountCredit: Rex Features
He has also accused the government of not wanting poor and homeless people to survive the Covid pandemicCredit: Twitter
The holyman has tweeted that the Home Office can ‘go to hell’ over plans to deport 50 criminals to JamaicaCredit: Twitter
Last week, he accused Kwarteng, whose parents are from Ghana, of “still speaking his colomental claptrap”, referring to him as “Kwasia”, meaning fool in Ghana.
It came after Kwarteng opposed calls to “de-colonise” school and university curriculums, claiming there was a “cartoon-like” view over imperialism and BLM.
Mr Robinson-Brown then liked a tweet claiming Kwarteng – the first black Conservative MP to head a government department – was “on the side of colonialism & historical oppression of his own people”.
Mr Robinson Brown wrote: “If you want to know how deeply married Order of the British Empire awards are to White Supremacy, just note that almost every other Honour, Membership and Fellowship was revoked from David Starkey except his CBE.”
The historian, awarded a CBE in 2007, was forced to apologise last year after saying slavery was not genocide because there were “so many damn blacks” still around.
The Diocese of London branded his comments ‘unacceptable’Credit: Rex Features
In another tweet, he claimed flooding in Jamaica was a ‘legacy of colonialism’Credit: Twitter
After last month’s row over free school meal lunches, the cleric claimed: “The current UK Government do not want those experiencing poverty or homelessness to survive this pandemic.”
In December, as the Covid pandemic continued to claim thousands of lives, he tweeted: “LOL some of you think this government care about you, and that’s scarier to me than any virus.”
Following the planned deportation of 50 criminals to Jamaica, the holyman tweeted: “The UK Home Office can go to hell.
“50 Black Brits due to be deported tomorrow. Utter injustice and wickedness.”
Immigration minister Chris Philp said the people due to be deported had spent a combined 228 years in jail and posed a danger to the public.
Mr Robinson Brown also blamed flooding caused by tropical storms in Jamaica in November on “the legacy of colonialism.”
He tweeted: “Jamaicans should “build a device to direct all the flood water to Britain tbh because these landslides and severe flooding are the legacy of Colonialism and poor infrastructure”.
Following a furious backlash to his tweet about Captain Tom, Mr Robinson-Brown offered an “unreserved apology for the insensitive timing and content”.
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”.
Former Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman blasted his “appalling comment”.
Last month, he was appointed to serve in the parish of All Hallows’-by-the-Tower, the oldest church in the City of London.
A former Methodist minister in Cardiff and chaplain at King’s College London, he converted to Anglicanism and is preparing to serve as a Church of England priest.
A change.org petition to remove Mr Robinson-Brown from his post had attracted almost 2,500 signatures this morning.
Sun Online has contacted the Diocese of London for comment.
Britain saluted hero Captain Tom 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”.
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