28 Mar 2012

SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, tonight (Wednesday) took part in a Scottish Parliament Members’ debate on Syria. The SNP MSP used his speech to draw attention to the worrying levels of persecution Christians face in Syria, which – according to a 2011 Open Doors survey – is ranked as the 36th most dangerous country in the world for persecuted Christians.

Mr Mason spoke about how, although Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion, it is still very much viewed as a Western religion and many Christians living in the middle East are suffering from that. The Glasgow MSP ended his speech by calling upon any future Syrian regime to protect Christians, women and all minorities.

Commenting, East End MSP, John Mason, said:

“I was glad to get the opportunity to talk about Christianity in Syria tonight – this is a subject very close to my heart.

“Statistics show that 1.5 million Christians live in Syria, so this clearly needs to be focussed on and I hope any future regimes will ensure Christians are respected and have the freedom to worship.

“Another major issue of concern in Syria is the treatment of women and I hope this too will be given consideration. Recent reports of Muslim women being threatened for entering taxis without a veil is also worrying.

“Syria stands on the brink of history – the next few steps are vital and I hope that, in moving forward, the rights of Christians will be respected”.