Talk of taking religion out of politics ‘annoys’ Arlene Foster

Talk of taking religion out of politics ‘annoys’ Arlene Foster Arlene Foster

The former First Minister of the North of Ireland Arlene Foster has said that having a strong Christian faith means “you can’t just leave it at home” as a politician.

Speaking at the St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Co. Down, Ms Foster said: “Christianity doesn’t call you to be neutral. It calls you to be salt and light about what you believe in.

“It does annoy me when people say you have to take religion out of politics and leave it at the door… like it only happens at the weekend. It is part of who you are. Your Christianity and your faith is something that is with you all the time. You can’t just leave it at home on Sunday night and go out without it on Monday.”

Ms Foster was in conversation in front of a live audience with former UTV presenter Gerry Kelly. She opened up about her faith journey, her political career and the Troubles.