SNP tackle anti-Catholic bigotry & church desecrations with school plays & destruction of hate crime statistics. FROM the same SNP Scottish Government who authorised the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to destroy years of sectarian crime statistics so as to avoid public shock at the scale of the problem, a new policy to tackle sectarian bigotry & hatred has been announced by Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham in the form of funding for a school play & a ‘spirituality’ festival. The latest move by the SNP forms part of a charm offensive to calm fears expressed in the predominantly Catholic EU over Scotland’s sectarian problem and the extent to which it has been covered up, seemingly at the highest levels of Government.
The Scottish Government issued a media release yesterday claiming the new project, involving forty school pupils to devise a stage play will educate the next generation of Scots.
Ms Cunningham sought maximum publicity for her announcement, made while attending "Scotland's Apartheid: Can we heal the green and orange sectarian divide?" as part of the “Festival of Spirituality and Peace”. The minister also announced £9,000 of public money to be handed over to the “Festival of Spirituality and Peace” to run a series of events on sectarianism, emblazoned with SNP logos & pro-independence voting campaigns.
Scottish Government Press Release : Funding announced to tackle bigotry
Communities Minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “Hatred of any kind has no place in modern Scotland and we need to do everything we can to stop it wherever and whenever it occurs, whilst tackling the root causes. We need to develop a broad set of actions to tackle it in different ways across society, from grassroots projects in communities, through to education and other initiatives which address the root causes of sectarianism. There is already some fantastic work taking place in communities across the country and we want to build on that success.
Ms Cunningham continued : “The work the Citizens Theatre are doing working with schools to educate the next generation of young Scots has been widely acclaimed and I am delighted this funding will help roll it out to South Lanarkshire. I hope the same success we’ve seen in Glasgow can be replicated in other areas of Scotland and projects like this are so important.
“Similarly, the funding for the Festival of Spirituality and Peace to run a series of events on sectarianism can help challenge attitudes and send out a strong message that sectarianism is never acceptable, never excusable. Sectarianism has ruined the lives of too many people and too many communities for far long enough. Working with organisations and communities across the country, we are determined to take wide-ranging action society to eradicate it once and for all. True change will only come about when we all take a stand against sectarianism and do our part in the fight against bigotry and hatred.”
However, the SNP’s policy on tackling sectarian bigotry & religious hatred in Scotland appears to be anything but genuine, where previously Scottish Law Reporter covered the destruction of the sectarian data by the Crown Office, here : SECTARIAN SCOTLAND COVER-UP : Crown Office admits it destroyed sectarian offences data ‘showing majority of crimes were against Catholics’.
The data on sectarian offences was ordered to be destroyed after Professor Tom Devine urged msps during a session of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee (click Professor Tom Devine speaking on Crown Office sectarian data analysis to watch video clip)to request sight of the now destroyed hate crime statistics for further study.
Today, a leading critic of the Scottish Government’s policies on sectarianism in Scotland rubbished Ms Cunningham's claims the latest funding award would tackle root problems of sectarianism.
He said : “If Mr Salmond and the SNP are serious about tackling the root problems of sectarianism in Scotland, no Orange Order march will ever again be allowed to take place on Scottish soil.”
The Scottish Government was unavailable for any further comment.