| 31st August 2006 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 29 times

31 August
Aug 31
31st August 2006
Following the decision announced today to discipline Strathclyde Fire Fighters who refused to distribute leaflets at a gay pride rally, Archbishop Conti of Glasgow - where the rally was held - has expressed his solidarity with the fire fighters.  

Archbishop Conti said: "We have followed this case with concern. Today's decision is dismaying. There was no question of these officers' competency or commitment being called into question, nor was there any suggestion that they were refusing to come to the assistance of people in danger.  

"They were asked, while in uniform, to hand out leaflets during a demonstration where they had legitimate concerns about being the subject of taunts and jokes, and in which, in some cases, their religious sensibilities were being grossly offended by people dressed as priests and nuns lampooning the Church.  

"That the officers concerned are being forced to undergo "diversity training" is alarming. The duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."  

Archbishop Conti will not be available for further media inquiries.  

Ronnie Convery  
Director of Communications  
Archdiocese of Glasgow  
196 Clyde Street  
Glasgow G1 4JY  
Tel: 0141 226 5898  
Fax 0141 225 2600  

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