Scottish Christians are being silenced by other parties, according to Dr Donald Boyd
The leader of the Scottish Christian Party took the opportunity to stress the importance of a Christian voice in the elections while speaking with STV’s political editor Bernard Ponsonby on the Face-to-Face programme.
Dr Boyd believes that his party presents the Scottish public with an ideal mix of the best attributes of the major parties, while bearing in mind the values and needs of Christian voters.
The SCP have 37 candidates standing in all the eight Scottish regions and Dr Boyd said they bring together the Tories' prudence concerning the economy, the Green Party’s dedication to the environment, and Labour’s focus on jobs.
When asked if it was appropriate to mix politics and religion Dr Boyd defended his party. He said 70% of voters still claim to be Christians and that “Christians have a lot of good ideas for the future of Scotland”.
Responding to a viewer’s question asking how many people who said they were Christians actually practise their faith, Dr Boyd replied that he believes many Scottish people and politicians are actually being “silenced” by the bigger political parties.
The SCP supports the reinstatement of Section 28, which bans local government from "promoting" homosexuality.
Dr Boyd, who is standing for election in the Inverness and Nairn constituency, stressed the importance of avoiding “unequal equalities legislation” but did not wish for the main focus of his campaign to be “unravelling discrimination against Christians”.
He expressed his concerns at the prospect of a new constitution that was not a Christian constitution.
The SCP received less than 1% of votes in the last Scottish election. To the question of whether the party stood a chance in the 2011 election, he replied: “We’ve been doing well” and that “the party is committed to looking to the future of Scotland”.