Candidates’ religious freedom under attack

NEWS that the leaders of the main political parties have banned their candidates from signing the Westminster 2010 Declaration is appalling but not surprising.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien was one of the 30 leading religious figures to draw up the document which aims to keep Christian values at the heart of the General Election.

Organisers of the declaration have described the move by political parties as a ‘shocking interference on matters of individual conscience’.

The news comes on the same day as the bishops of Scotland have asked Catholics to make their Faith count at the ballot box.

“I hope Catholic voters will make the cross count by quizzing their candidates on the important moral matters which affect us and that they use the resources which the Bishops’ Conference has provided to inform themselves on as wide a range of issues as possible,” Cardinal O’Brien said.–


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