16 November 2015
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rev Dr Angus Morrison, has became the latest figure to support a new campaign aimed at celebrating difference and challenging bigotry in football.
The ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign was launched earlier this year by Nil by Mouth and since then hundreds of football fans have posted photos on social media sites of them enjoying football and celebrating the many positive aspects of the game.
The Moderator posed for photos with fellow Church of Scotland Minister and Journalist Ron Ferguson and Cowdenbeath Mascot ‘Bluebell’ as he attended the recent Fife derby against Dunfermline at Central Park.
Kiss Bigotry Goodbye is a collaboration between Nil by Mouth and students from City of Glasgow College who won a competition organised by the charity to come up with a campaign highlighting the positives of being a football fan in Scotland. The campaign has already been supported by football writers Daniel Gray and Ron Ferguson, broadcaster Annie McGuire, national fans group Supporters Direct Scotland, junior Side Rossvale FC, and Partick Thistle mascot and social media phenomenon Kingsley. It has also been covered by the BBC, STV and Sky Sports News.
Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘We are delighted that the Moderator has taken the time to support our campaign and remind people of the enjoyment football can bring to people across the country. We are also grateful to Ron Ferguson for his support over the last few years. He has always been a powerful advocate of the power of sport to bring people together. We have been blown away by the level of support Kiss Bigotry Goodbye has received and hope to secure support to take it on tour across Scotland over the first three months of 2016. Our message is simple – Love football, Banish Bigotry.’