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1-MCDONALD

MP says he regrets Catholic school ‘indoctrination’ tweet

January 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

– By Peter Diamond and Ryan McDougall

A Glasgow MP has said he regrets making comments that suggested Catholic schools were indoctrinating children. Stewart McDonald, SNP MP for Glasgow South, made a number of comments on Twitter suggesting Catholic schools fuel sectarianism and should not be funded by the state. The comments were made in 2011 and 2012, before Mr McDonald became an MP. However he was employed at the time as a caseworker for SNP MSP James Dornan. In 2011, Mr McDonald tweeted: “Why should tax payers of no faith fund indoctrination of children? Surely the church should respond to the demand for that?” Mr McDonald also indicated that a reason to abolish Catholic schools was summed up ‘in two words… Northern Ireland. Or one: Glasgow.’ In another 2012 tweet, the MP spoke about ‘Catholic political agitation in state schools.’ Flippant When asked by the SCO to explain the comments, Mr McDonald said: “These are tweets from the best part of 10 years... continue reading.

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