Image: Belfast Telegraph


First Minister condemns anti-Catholic bigotry


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has publicly condemned anti-Catholic bigotry during First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament.


Responding to a question by Labour MSP James Kelly, the First Minister said, “I unequivocally condemn anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism. I condemn sectarianism in any shape or form.” 


The First Minister told Parliament that her government “will continue to take the action that is needed to ensure that Scotland is a country that demonstrates zero tolerance” of anti-Catholic bigotry. 


The First Minister’s unequivocal condemnation of anti-Catholicism is deeply significant and most welcome. It is also encouraging to see members of parliament on all sides of the political spectrum recognise the existence of anti-Catholicism as a unique and distinct type of religious intolerance; such recognition is crucial if we are to tackle and eradicate it.


Click here to view James Kelly’s question and the First Minister’s response