Jason Leitch tells people to ‘pray for healing’ of sick as Covid hits
“We are praying for the sick tonight, those in intensive care, those at home who are not feeling well, and we are praying for a measure of healing for them,” he told a online activity on how to respond to the virus.
“There are cabinet members in Scotland and in all four countries who believe what you believe, there are senior civil servants who believe what you believe,” he said.
Mr Leitch, a member of Airdrie Baptist Church, made the comments at a National Prayer Evening held by the Baptist Union of Scotland in March 2020.
WhatsApp messages released by the UK Covid-19 Inquiry last week revealed that Mr.
He called Tory Edward Mountain a “rascal”, Labour’s Daniel Johnson a “smart arse” and claimed Anas Sarwar had said he was “struggling” with new MSP Paul Sweeney.
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The Scottish Labor leader said: “For the National Clinical Director to announce the newly elected MSPs [in June 2021] and then… to start talking about them in a way that I think shows very unprofessional behavior. ”
The Scottish Tories also suggested Mr Leitch should be sacked.
In his evidence to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry last week, Mr Leitch said that in his work as a public communicator he always tried to “use science”.
However, the 2020 event, which appeared live in a network of 161 churches and has since been viewed by thousands online, suggests a degeneration of science and religion.
The event is especially about how to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
In it, Mr Leitch was introduced as the National Clinical Director for the Scottish Government and a member of the Airdrie Baptist Church.
He told his audience that there are three things they should do in relation to the pandemic: follow the rules such as staying at home, serving others when possible, and praying.
He said: “There are believers, even some Baptists… at every level of response.
“There are cabinet members in Scotland and in all four countries who believe what you believe.
Then he closed his eyes and led a prayer for those in the front line of the answer.
He said: “We feel uncertain, we don’t quite know what it is, and we see our friends and colleagues around the world and around Scotland struggling with how to respond.
“So teach us, teach us how to respond, show us the direction to go.”
He added: “We pray for the sick tonight, those in intensive care, those at home who are not well, and we pray for a measure of healing for them.”
A government source said: “There is a difference between following God and following science. You don’t get a traditional civil servant blurring the lines. ”
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A spokesperson for the Scottish Humanist Society said: “It is very important that government representatives are able to distinguish between their professional roles and their faith positions. This is particularly true where scientific truth may differ from religious truth. beliefs.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government is committed to responding to UK and Scottish Covid-19 inquiries, as learning the lessons from the pandemic is essential to prepare for the future.
“It is not appropriate to comment on the detail of the evidence being considered by the UK Covid Inquiry while the hearings are ongoing.”