Church calls for clarity on independence

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A FORMER Kirk Moderator has called for reassurances that the Church would have a place in the written constitution of an independent Scotland.

During a debate at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly the Very Rev Lorna Hood said there was only one line about religion in the Scottiah Government’s independence white paper.

The Right Reverend Lorna Hood has called for assurances the Church would have a place in the constitution of an independent Scotland. ''Pic: Neil Hanna

The Right Reverend Lorna Hood has called for assurances the Church would have a place in the constitution of an independent Scotland. ''Pic: Neil Hanna

She said in her year leading the Kirk she had been aware of “an extremely loud secularist voice”.

And she told the Assembly: “They make no bones about it, if there is a Yes vote there will be a written constitution and they see no place for religion, for faith groups within that written constitution – and they have said they will be doing their utmost to make sure we have a Scotland which is free of that.

“I would like some reassurance not only about our national church but about all religious groups, about the place of religion and faith in Scotland if we do have a Yes vote.”