Scottish Catholic MP happy to wear ashes in parliament despite being told ‘this is going to be broadcast’
The SNP’s Carol Monaghan said the reaction was ‘generally positive’ during her Ash Wednesday committee appearance
Catholic MP Carol Monaghan has said Christians should not feel embarrassed about practising their religion in public after she took part in a parliamentary select committee meeting on Ash Wednesday with a cross on her forehead.
The SNP MP said other members had told her ‘but this is going to be broadcast,’ after she arrived at the Ash Wednesday meeting of the science and technology committee.
“When I came into committee, one of the members asked me about it,” she told the BBC. “I said ‘it’s Ash Wednesday’ and they said ‘but this is going to be broadcast.’
“The reaction was generally positive, most people didn’t know what it meant.
“I think they just thought I didn’t want to be embarrassed—but I was not going to rub it off. Many religions have visible symbols and Christians should not feel any embarrassment in either practising their religion or in the public display of religious symbols.”
A former teacher, Mrs Monaghan was elected for Glasgow North West at the 2015 general election.