True Believers Must Keep It Secret Demand All Parties
THE Scottish Catholic Church has condemned the leaders of the main political parties for banning their candidates from signing up to a declaration of Christian beliefs.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien was one of the 30 leading religious figures along with former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey to draw up the Westminster 2010 Declaration which sought to turn the Christian vote into a more unified political force.
The Westminster 2010 document was based on an American initiative last year called the Manhattan Declaration and asked candidates to support family values, oppose abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
The Scotsman learnt of the edict by party leaders from one of the organisers of the declaration, who described it as "shocking interference on matters of individual conscience".
So candidates aren't allowed to declare themselves to be true believers in matters of religion, unlike climate change....