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Christianity’s visibility in the referendum was inversely proportional to its history and contemporary presence in Scotland.

The Church of Scotland opted out, claiming “impartiality”. That’ll be a No then.

The Queen advised everyone “to think carefully”. That’ll be a No then.

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Evangelicals prayed for Better Together. That’ll be a No then.

The Roman Catholic Church kept its head down, quietly hoping for a Yes victory which would lead to a significant ­weakening of Scotland’s historic Protestant identity in a new constitution.

And 15,000 Orange Lodge men, women and children did openly march along Edinburgh’s streets in support of the Union.

The SNP government took Christians for granted. There may be approaching one ­million of us in Scotland.

Some time ago in this newspaper, former SNP member Alan Clayton foretold defeat for the SNP due to its alienation of Christian voters by promoting homosexual marriage.

Alex Neil recently rejected reasonable Christian representations on this matter. This is not government by consensus. 
Neither Alex Salmond nor 
Nicola Sturgeon bothered to 
attend the service for reconciliation at St Giles High Kirk on 21 September.

The SNP’s policies for independence are too narrow to ­embrace a majority in Scotland.

The putative socialist revolution will have to wait. No ­voters had already made up their minds. The referendum took place in a spiritual vacuum. There was no higher vision transcending self-interest. Scotland was made great by Christianity and by Christians.

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Some now wish Christianity gone forever. So too did the former USSR, as does China today. Infuriatingly for politicians, Christianity cannot be ignored with impunity.

(Rev Dr) Robert 

Blackburn & Seafield Church


Les Rossi (Letters, 23 September) expresses his disappointment at the absences of both Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon from what was designated the service of reconciliation held at the High Kirk of St Giles.

It should come as no surprise to anybody, however, as, firstly, attendance was not compulsory and, secondly, from his conduct after the event, it is obvious that Mr Salmond does not wish to be reconciled.

John McNab

Balgeddie Court