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Archbishop of York rebukes Tim Farron's "tormentors"

In a strong reprimand in The Daily Telegraph, Archbishop John Sentamu said that the "hounding" of Tim Farron by the media before the elections was unacceptable.  He said they "should be ashamed of themselves", declaring that Farron's resignation was a thing of regret.

The Lib Dem leader resigned from his position less than a week after the general elections citing that he was "torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader". 

During his campaign, he was repeatedly asked in interviews by the media to clarify his views on gay sex.

Mr Farron stated he should have dealt "more wisely" with questions relating to his faith during the election campaign.

John Sentamu condemned the constant questioning of Mr Farron on these matters, stating that this gave the impression that his private opinions were in the forefront of the election campaign.

Archbishop Sentamu also warned that when Christians get involved in politics, their consciences "will be bruised" and that they would need to "compromise daily". 

However, he went on to state that he estimated that it was likely that Christians had a higher representation in Parliament than the society at large.

He declared that he felt that for justice to exist, there had to be a mixture of law, religion and morals and that politics had deeply Christian roots.

He added: "If religion perishes in the land, truth and justice will also."

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