Alex Salmond has said he favours people of faith in a short video about his own ties with the Church of Scotland.
The former First Minister, who comes from Linlithgow, also stated his belief that religious groups play a key role in society.
He welcomed Rev. Stuart MacQuarrie to the Scottish Parliament and made the remarks during the opening Time for Reflection, marking the beginning of the new session.
Alex Salmond said: “I am biased, of course, because I am a Church of Scotland adherent and I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith.
“All denominations have a key role to play in society and we are very fortunate in Scotland because we have a tremendous ability, among religions and denominations, to come together and support good causes.”
As he addressed MSPs in the debating chamber, Rev. MacQuarrie urged them ‘to see and value each person as a human being’.
Time for Reflection was established as a good way for all people of religion and humanists to start the parliamentary week.