Oue activities have necessarily been curtailed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it has brought. We have moved all our meetings online and have managed to continue to put our case for Independence. With no party conferences or Independence marches to attend, we have been able to concentrate on work on our booklet, Scotland the Nation – a Christian Case for Independence, which will be published this month (November 2020).
Our next meeting will be on 27th January 2021. Our meetings are open to all members to attend, and Zoom access details will be sent to members nearer the time.
If you would like to join us, please email us at email@example.com or fill out the contact form on this website.
Our 2020 AGM was held as a Zoom meeting on 24th. June 2020.
Topics covered in the reports by various office-bearers included:
the impact of the coronavirus crisis, leading to CFI, like many other organisations, holding meetings online and to the cancellation of the SNP spring conference and of Independence marches which CFI would have taken part in;
news from the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), of which CFI is a member;
work on our booklet, Scotland the Nation, a Christian Case for Independence, which will be published later this year;
our engagement with the public through social media.
The following were elected / re-elected :
Convener: Dave Thompson
Vice-convener: Alison Campbell
Treasurer: Gareth Morgan
Committee members: Edward Andrews, Andy Doig, Ken Gordon, Veronica Thompson.
Marjorie Wilson continues as Co-ordinator.
CFI supports Kate Forbes
In an article in The National (20th. February 2020), Christians For Independence has backed the appointment of Kate Forbes as Finance Secretary. It had been reported that unnamed sources were concerned about her wariness over proposed changes to the Gender Recognition laws, and that her Christian faith could make her unsuitable for a senior government position. Her links to former SNP MSP Dave Thompson, whom she succeeded in the constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, were also mentioned; Dave Thompson is also a committed Christian and a founder member and Convener of Christians For Independence (CFI).
In the article, Dave Thompson dismissed concerns about Miss Forbes’ suitability for office, saying that those who questioned it showed “a distinct lack of understanding of the Christian faith”. He also said that CFI welcomes all Christians believers, and that its core belief is Christ’s command to love our neighbours as ourselves, with independence giving Scotland the chance to build a “fair, just and compassionate society”.
He also explained that “As Christian views are very diverse, we do not take a position on those matters which are particularly controversial such as gay marriage, GRA, abortion and assisted suicide, which are left to the conscience of our individual members”.
The full text of the article can be found at https://www.thenational.scot/news/18247469.forbes-backed-christian-group-amid-lgbt-rights-concerns/
Inverness Freedom March
Some of our members took part in the Freedom March in Inverness on 25th. January 2020. There was a fantastic turnout for a cold, windy winter’s day in a northern city – estimates range from 6000 upwards. The route led right through the centre of the city, down the High Street and along the River Ness. At the end, the crowd was adressed by local SNP MPs Ian Blackford and Drew Hendry. Yet again we showed the world how we reject the Tory UK government’s schemes for our country and how we stand strong for our democratic right to govern ourselves and take our proper place in Europe and the world.
General Election Press Release
It was decided at our meeting on 23rd. November to issue a press release prior to the General Election on 12th. December, urging Christians to vote for an independence-supporting party. The press release was written by Dave Thompson, our Convener, and sent to as many as possible of all the Scottish media outlets. You can read the full text here.
March for Independence, Edinburgh, October 2019
Members of Christians For Independence took part in the Edinburgh March for Independence on Saturday 5th. October. We were happy to be part of the crowd of at least 200,000 who marched from Holyrood Park to the Meadows to show our determination to restore sovereignty to our nation. This was also the first outing for our new banners!
Theology Working Group
We have set up a Theology Working Group to research arguments showing that a belief in Scottish independence is wholly compatible with Christian doctrine, and to formulate these arguments in a way that can be easily expressed in a leaflet for distribution amongst Christians. The first meeting took place in Edinburgh on 10th. August 2019, and a brief report has been produced on its proceedings (see Theology Working Group page, link above). If anyone else is interested in joining the group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work is now well underway on producing a paper, Scotland and Nationhood, which will be published in spring 2020.
Christians For Independence is a long-standing, voting member of the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC); our Convener, Dave Thompson, retired in August 2019 from his office as Vice-Convener of the SIC and Director of the SIC’s new campaigning company, Voices for Scotland.
In April 2019 the SIC published an update on its work: read the full report here.