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Arlene Foster shares frustrations of being told to leave faith out of politics

by Marcus Jones

Former Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster has spoken out against those who say that religion and politics should never mix.

The former DUP leader, who stood down earlier this, has been speaking at the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick as part of its Autumn Series.

In conversation with TV presenter Gerry Kelly, in front of a life audience she discussed her own faith as well as her political career.

Expressing her frustration at how many view religion and politics, she 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, or 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.”

Foster has often spoken openly about her faith. 

Speaking earlier this year while in her leadership post, she said: “With faith in God, you are never alone, and I believe you are only ever given the challenge that you are fit to deal with.”

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