The Reverend Paul Song came to the UK from South Korea twenty five years ago.
He became a chaplain in Brixton Prison in South London, teaching the inmates the Alpha Course, a guide to living the Christian life in modern Britain.
At first, his tenure went well and he helped many inmates reform themselves and become model citizens.
However, this situation changed with the appointment of a new head chaplain at the prison, a Muslim Imam.
This new head of religion at the prison took Paul into his office and declared his Islamising agenda, saying he wanted to
change what he described as the ‘Christian domination’ in the prison.
Over the following months, Paul and his fellow Christian chaplains were to undergo a severe trial of bullying, intimidation and even physical violence.
He was subjected to:
– Regular noisy interruption of his services with Muslim inmates shouting abuse like ‘Chinky’ and ‘crazy Christian’ at him aand even voicing support for violent Jihadism, including the killers of Lee Rigby.
– Constant attempts to convert him to Islam using intimidating verbal tactics.
– Physical violence, even from the Imam himself, who used his substantial physical bulk to intimidate Paul and once pushed him out of the way. Another Muslim innate also shoved Paul in the back in one such incident.
– All this verbal and physical abuse became too much for Paul’s fellow chaplains, who suffered in the same way as Paul and many of them left.
Paul had more staying power (he’d been a detective in Korea and wasn’t so east to force out) and he stuck it out. The head Imam continued his persecution of Paul.
Matters came to a head when the Imam called Paul into his office and banned him from preaching his Christian course as it was ‘too radical’, even though the Alpha course is taught at churches throughout the UK.
Reluctantly, Paul agreed, though he knew that he wasn’t an extremist of any kind. The Imam’s persecution continued and eventually Paul was sacked on false charges of calling an inmate a terrorist.
Responding to the above, a Prison Service spokesman said: ‘There is absolutely no evidence to support claims relating to extremist behaviour at HMP Brixton.’ So what about Paul’s evidence?
Paul has been re-instated after an appeal and the imam has been dismissed on matters unrelated to Push’s case, but he is understandably disappointed and perplexed by the whole affair.
Paul is now planning to restart his courses. ‘This has been a very difficult time,’ he said. ‘Not for a moment did I think that something like this could happen in England.’
Sadly, ‘something like this’ goes on all the time now in England, in many areas of life.
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