LONDON , June 3 (UPI) -- Bishops of the Church of England pronounced themselves "incompatible" with right-wing political groups, and clergy who align themselves with the parties could face disciplinary action.
The bishops backed a declaration stating the policies and objectives of the British National Party and the National Front -- two parties regarded as racist and anti-immigrant -- are incompatible with Christian teaching on racial equality.
The statement was initially proposed by Vasantha Gnanadoss, a member of the church's General Synod.
Discussion of the statement, and a vote on its approval, will be conducted at a church conference in July.
A British National Party spokesman, in response to the original proposal, referred to the party as a "modern, forward-thinking and progressive nationalist party. We are non-discriminatory and we have a constitution to match."
Another spokesman added Tuesday, "This is indicative of the way that the Church of England is being politicized. What is written in the Bible and scripture is clearly of secondary importance to the politically-correct option that these people adhere to."