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Free Presbyterian Church warning on independence vote

A vote for independence could jeopardise the position of the church, it has been claimed.

Present arrangements, in place since the union of 1707, enshrine Christianity at the heart of the nation, according to the Reverend Allan MacColl of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

“The guarantees that the Treaty of Union secure will be jeopardised, thrown overboard, by independence,” he told BBC Alba, the Gaelic language channel.

“Present constitutional arrangements guarantee Christian religion in its position at the heart of the nation. It defends and protects the position of the church, and that is the duty of every nation, and the bible clearly teaches that.

“It is the duty of all nations to recognise the position of Christ’s church and any move away from that is not only dangerous for the church, it is dangerous for the people.

“We are very uneasy about any move to secularise or even change the existing arrangements.”

It is not the duty of the church to tell people how to vote, he added.

• Full story at the Press Association.

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