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About 60 folk attended the CFI fringe event in Aberdeen to hear from three of our newer politicians about how their Christian faith impacts on their political lives.
New MPs Brendan O'Hara (Argyll & Bute) and Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) were joined on the panel by Kate Forbes (Holyrood candidate for Skye, Lochaber, and Badenoch) were introduced by John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston).
They briefly introduced themselves and then answered a wide range of questions from those present.
Subjects included how Christians in politics should treat their opponents, abortion, how we live in an increasingly secular society, and what Christian activity there is at Westminster.
All three emphasised that faith was key for them but they wanted to be known as much more than just religious politicians.
Many thanks to John, Kate, Carol, and Brendan for taking part in this event. Let’s make sure we pray for them, our other elected colleagues, for those seeking election next year and those who will no longer be in office – being open about your faith in today’s environment is not always easy.
Dave Thompson, Convener Christians for Independence, writes for the Agenda section of The Herald, 24th January 2014:
"Christianity is a constructive, constituent part of Scotland's past, present and future. An inclusive approach to constitutional change that fully involves the churches is the surest route to creating a civilization of love that has the dignity of the person as a founding principle. That is the clear mission of Christians for Independence. Let the conversation begin."
A review of the Christians For Independence launch in The Scotsman.
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: A new cross-party group of pro-independence voters, made up of a cross-denominational group of Christians, was launched in Edinburgh this morning.
Christians for Independence consists of a wide range of individuals from a spectrum of churches and political parties. The organisation held its launch today in Edinburgh’s Scottish Storytelling Centre.
We are a cross-party group of Christians supporting an independent Scotland