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SNP millionaire fans against same-sex plans

Two of Scotland's most wealthy and well-known businessmen supporters of the SNP have spoken out publicly against the party's declared support for same-sex marriage.


Now is the time to make YOUR views known!

(consultation period ends 9 December, 2011)

soutar and farmerHigh-profile Scot Nationalist Party supporters Sir Brian Soutar and Sir Tom Farmer have both declared publicly that they are against the SNP's proposals for same sex-marriage.

Sir Tom, the wealthy founder of Kwik-Fit and a SNP donor, in criticising the party’s plans has suggested that the Scottish Government had “alienated” itself from “large parts of the population”.

Speaking to The Sunday Herald the Roman Catholic entrepreneur said: “Most people would see a marriage as being between two of the opposite sexes, the male and the female.One of the main important areas of marriage is the creation of children, and the family life."

“The other problem is that there would be a fear that this was the first step to trying to force the churches to do things which are totally against their whole beliefs.”

Meanwhile Stagecoach tycoon Sir Brian Souter has hailed marriage as the building block of society, amidst calls for it to be redefined to allow same-sex marriage.
Sir Brian has warned against creating a “Babylonian” society where sex is seen as “primarily a recreational activity”.

Nicola Sturgeon with Bashir Mann (right)
Nicola SturgeonAdding to the objections to redefining marriage,  Scottish Muslim grandee Bashir Mann, who has been courted by the SNP, has also spoken publicly about his opposition to the proposals.  (First Minister Alex Salmond contributed the Foreword to a book written by Bashir Mann entitled The Thistle and the Crescent.)

Meanwhile the UK Government will hold a consultation on redefining marriage in England and Wales to allow homosexuals to wed, following in Scotland's footsteps.

Opponents say there will be far-reaching consequences if a key social institution is so radically rewritten.
The consultation south of the border will begin in the spring. The Government says it will ask how, not if, same-sex marriage should be legalised.

The Scottish consultation ends on 9 December and Christian organisations CARE, the Christian Institute, Christian Concern and Christian Voice are all active in responding to the proposal.

Both CARE and the Christian Institute can supply further information on the subject.

The Scottish Christian Party website also has articles on the subject.

CARE for Scotland
Challenge House
29 Canal Street
Glasgow G4 0AD

Tel 0141 332 7212
The Christian Institute
Wilberforce House
4 Park Road,  Gosforth Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8DG

Tel: +44 (0)191 281 5664

Now is the time to make your views known.

Main Scottish Parliament page for the consultation.

Click HERE for the full story and for the PRAY and READ points.

For WRITE points:

Click HERE to respond to the Scottish Consultation

Click HERE for the contact details of your Member of the Scottish Parliament (If you are outside Scotland, enter Postcode AB41 8AA for Alex Salmond, the First Minister.

Click HERE to email your UK MP to ask him to ask the appropriate minister to oppose churches being allowed to celebrate civil partnerships let alone gay marriage.


See also for your politicians (by postcode):

 Write to them

Postscript: Extract from letter to Editor from CT site member:
"I would counsel caution when reading the questionnaire as the questions have been phrased in a convoluted manner so that it is difficult to understand them and easier to give an answer contrary to the one you would wish to give. The CARE document is of great assistance in this."

Christians Together, 07/11/2011

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Editor 08/11/2011 10:10
This article is designed to encourage us all to respond (if we haven't already), and is not so much to debate the responses. Opportunity for discussion can be found on other threads.
Peter Carr 08/11/2011 12:37
I am encouraged, and will be even more so if they both withdraw their financial support of SNP!!
Editor 08/11/2011 13:02
Letter to Editor: "I've received [information] from CARE for Scotland ( who feel, quite rightly, that as many Christians as possible should respond to the Consultation, and give guidance on answering the questions from a Christian perspective.

I would counsel caution when reading the questionnaire as the questions have been phrased in a convoluted manner so that it is difficult to understand them and easier to give an answer contrary to the one you would wish to give.

The CARE document is of great assistance in this."
Editor 08/11/2011 17:28
Christian Concern Press Release: 83% of church-going Christians in the UK are opposed to plans by the Conservative Party to legalise homosexual marriage

A new poll by ComRes has found that a massive 83% of church-going Christians in the UK are opposed to plans by the Conservative Party to legalise homosexual marriage.

The poll results should be of great concern for the Conservative Party, as church-going Christians represent several million votes and Prime Minister David Cameron is relying on the Church to deliver his Big Society strategy on the ground. The Church is the biggest provider of care services for the elderly in the country and is present in every parish in the land.

The poll, commissioned by Premier Christian Media, found that:
· 83% were opposed to homosexual marriage, with 75% ‘strongly opposed’;
· 93% were concerned that clergy would have to conduct homosexual marriages against their consciences;
· 85% that the value of marriage would be further undermined;
· 88% that schools would be required to teach the equal validity of same-sex and heterosexual relationships; and
· 78% that it would be harder to argue against ‘other novel types of relationship’ such as polygamy.

At a time of political in-fighting within the coalition, party members will be concerned that 57% of all respondents said that they are ‘less likely to vote’ for the party because of this move.

Incredibly, not one single respondent claimed that this move would make them more disposed to vote Conservative.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said:

“David Cameron has suggested that marriage is basically about commitment and it makes no difference whether this is between a heterosexual couple or a homosexual couple. What possible authority does he have for making this claim and for trying to so radically re-define marriage? He is playing a dangerous game. He is about to find out that the large majority of quiet citizens are starting to say enough is enough and that the cherished institution of marriage cannot be dismantled in this way.

“There is no joined up thinking in family policy. At the same time the coalition is calling for ‘marriage’ for same-sex couples, government ministers openly admit that a child is best brought up where there is a married mother and a father in the same household. Policy should be set for the best possible environment. Why do we seem to be constantly happy to settle for second best, or the lowest common denominator in this country, and in our politics?

“This poll demonstrates that most Christians will always hold onto and proclaim the truths revealed in the Bible. God has ordained that marriage is between one man and one woman. These truths are timeless and are for the benefit of all society. We ignore them at our peril. The church is a sleeping giant but it is starting to wake up. David Cameron will begin to feel the pressure of this if he goes any further in his plans.

“Some may think that the introduction of homosexual ‘marriage’ is tolerant, yet if introduced it will result in massive intolerance towards anyone who does not ‘toe the line’.

“Anyone in the public sphere who does not facilitate or promote homosexual marriage is likely to be punished and lose their job. This is likely to eventually include pastors, vicars and priests who hold onto the biblical view of marriage and who do not want to ‘marry’ homosexual couples. Freedom of conscience will once again be at the mercy of political correctness.”
Peter Carr 08/11/2011 19:07
Cameron, Salmond & Co are storing up problems for themselves and future generations. This we can confidently predict based on the Word of life;

Gal 6: 7 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."

Editor 10/11/2011 16:43
Muslims and Roman Catholics meet to protect marriage -

Back in the Spring of 2000 the infant Scottish Parliament's battled against the Roman Catholic Cardinal Winning and Brian Soutar over the repeal of Section 28.

At that time a Multi-faith Coalition was formed in which representatives from different religions in Scotland were involved in a stand against homosexuality being presented to schoolchildren as a normal lifestyle.
(Guest) 15/11/2011 18:59
Why should Political Parties become involved in Christian faith. The SNP should focus on running the country better and not creating time on issues that are for each individual and group to decide. Just a pity the Churches are not taking the same stand on same sex relationship as the Catholic Church.
Dictatorial SNP in Government (Guest) 27/07/2012 17:36
Well the so-called consultation has now fallen apart since being ignored by Sturgeon et. al. Can we expect Souter and Farmer, to now rethink their donations to that party or will we see more of the same. The SNP have become dictatorial in government, and now prove this by doing the unthinkable - meddling in the belief systems of Scotland's Churches. As of today, speaking myself as am ordained minister, and previously a member of the Scottish National Party, I can no longer support this party. It is a complete joke to watch them squander countless millions on politically correct vanity projects, and yet would not think of using that same money to create jobs! Sirs, I implore you to rethink where you are putting your cash! You surely don't want to continue contributing to an anti-god party on a course of destroying of church and organized religion, and the institution of marriage. Family life will disintegrate, now that they have made marriage a mockery. I am utterly disgusted.
Dan le Mann (Guest) 27/07/2012 19:15
What they lose out on from Souter and Farmer they will soon make up from the pink pound ;=)
Rory (Guest) 27/07/2012 23:22
Mr S can forget independance after this major error of judgement;
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