Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

The Church of Scotland has warmly welcomed a decision to establish a cross-party group on religious freedom at Holyrood.

The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church and Society Council, said there had never been a time when people of faith have lived in such fear because of their beliefs.

The group was spearheaded by Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch SNP MSP Dave Thompson, a member of Kinmylies Church of Scotland in Inverness, who secured permission from the Scottish Parliament’s standards, procedures and public appointments committee yesterday.

It will provide a forum for MSPs, enabling discussion and the widest possible engagement with the multi-faith community, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Ms Foster-Fulton said: “The Church of Scotland is delighted to see the establishment of the cross- party group.

“The issue of religious freedom and tolerance was one of the matters which the Very Rev John Chalmers raised during his Moderatorial visit to the Scottish Parliament in February.

“There has probably never been a time when people of faith, including millions of Christians across the world, have lived in such fear because of their beliefs.”

Mr Thompson said MSPs would use the group as a platform to foster respect and tolerance in communities and will consider issues from all faiths and none at a local, national and international level.

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