Notes and Comments
IT is appalling that two members of Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish
Republican Army, have been made members of Northern Ireland’s new power-sharing
executive. Many people besides columnist Tom Utley of The Daily Telegraph felt
their stomachs churning when they learned that Martin McGuinness was appointed
as Minister for Education. Utley describes him as "an unrepentant sometime
terrorist". He is a former commander of Londonderry IRA, and is said to
have been the "Chief of Staff" of the IRA. As such he stands guilty
of the deaths of many innocent people murdered in Londonderry and elsewhere.
His lack of repentance is clearly demonstrated by his boastful bragging
about his time on the run as an IRA fugitive. When visiting his former school
in Londonderry he recalled to reporters his hiding out at an IRA safe house
across the border in the Republic of Ireland.
The appointment of such a man to high office in Ulster says loud and clear
to terrorists worldwide that terrorism is the path to power – that the bomb
and the bullet are the justifiable means of achieving political objectives.
It is shameful that our Government has capitulated to Sinn Fein/IRA pressure,
and with fair words has persuaded many of the war-weary inhabitants of that
trouble-torn province that they had no alternative but to embrace the so-called
Once again in that part of the United Kingdom we see that "judgement
is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen
in the street, and equity cannot enter" (Isa. 59:15).
The fifth anniversary of the National Lottery
Many people predicted that if a national lottery were established in Britain,
gambling would become endemic in the nation. Alas, the prediction has been
fulfilled. "The fifth anniversary of the National Lottery is no cause
for celebration," says one commentator. "For one thing, it has turned
us into a nation of gamblers."
Apart from the millions of the adult population who squander many millions
of pounds on the Lottery, it emerges from some studies that more than a quarter
of a million children are addicted to it. It is shocking that so many young
people are engaged in such a pernicious practice.
The excuse that money is being raised by the Lottery for good causes can
never negate the fact that it is wrong. In any case, the good causes being
supported are, in many instances, at best frivolous and at worst immoral. Meanwhile,
charitable donations have dropped by a third. As the same article rightly says,
the Lottery "has left Britain a sadder and meaner place".
The contentment that is hoped for by winning the Lottery is very elusive.
A recent survey found that "only half the big winners were happier after
their windfall, while examples abound of broken marriages and alcoholism." From
the love of wealth springs all manner of evil, including dissatisfaction and
unhappiness. Money will never bring satisfaction and peace to the human soul,
for "he that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver" (Eccl.
Government plans to repeal Section 28 in England and Wales
IT is alarming that the Government intends to repeal, in England and Wales,
Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which bans local authorities from
promoting homosexuality in schools and elsewhere. Although some find fault
with the wording of it, Section 28 has had the effect intended by Mrs Thatcher
and her government – the halting of attempts in schools to promote homosexuality
as a valid lifestyle and to persuade pupils that sodomy was the exact moral
equivalent of a husband and wife relationship. When the principal purpose of
Section 28 is to protect children from corruption, it would be the height of
evil to repeal it.
It is gratifying that the shadow cabinet has decided to support Section
28, and to resist its repeal. At times, the leader of the opposition, William
Hague, has spoken in such a manner as to make one wonder where he stood on
this important issue, but he has certainly done right in expelling one of his
front bench spokesmen, Shaun Woodward, for refusing to back his party’s decision
to oppose the Government’s plan to repeal Section 28.
It is our duty, here in Scotland, not only to protest to our MSPs against
the proposal of the Scottish Parliament to repeal Section 28 (see below: "Promotion
of Teaching of Homosexuality in Schools") but also to contact our Westminster
MPs requesting that they support the retention of Section 28.
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