A chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II has claimed the Koran incites Muslims to violence and is in contrast to the message of forgiveness in the Bible. Reverend Gavin Ashenden made his comments to LBC on Wednesday after the Archbishop of Canterbury claimed young people were turning to Jihad because Christianity was not “exciting” enough.
Rev. Ashenden said Christianity appealed to people because “it invites people to the extremity of forgiveness and love. Islam has, I think, over 100 verses inviting people to violence in the Koran which Christianity doesn’t have.”
He added: “If you’re going to invite people to be dedicated … followers of their scriptures, Christians will go around forgiving people and Islamists will do something else.”
When the presenter, Iain Dale, warned him that his comments might offend Muslim listeners he said: “If they are offended by my quoting the Koran they are not offended by me, they are offended by the Koran… If you’re going to talk about excitement in Christianity it’s about delivering people from evil and transforming people’s lives.”
Ashenden is one of thirty-five chaplains to the Queen. His comments come amidst rumours the she may make a rare political statement on the need to protect the country against radicalisation, terrorism and jihadism.