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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Its just not acceptable in 21st Century Scotland

The sad news that Celtic Coach Neil Lennon was the victim of another sectarian assault is an indictment on us all. I was not a fan on Lennon's as a player but no-one should face what he has faced over the years.

I find it astonishing that some morons put their bigotry before their, and everyone else's, humanity.

And its nothing to do with religion or faith as I know it.

Why is it that the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland can travel not only with Roman Catholics but folk from the Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Baha'i faiths to Jerusalem on an interfaith pilgrimage this summer but these idiots think their violence is the answer to sectarianism?

Why is it that when my church was badly burnt the first person at my door was the local priest with the keys to the chapel and the words "use it for whatever you need it for" but these fools think their violence is acceptable?

We are all damaged by the bigoted minds that assaulted Neil Lennon and we all have a duty to stand against such abuse of the idea of faith and the call to love our neighbour and our enemy that is the hall mark of the vast majority of faith communities.


Malc said...


Couldn't agree more - especially as one of the 4% of Celtic fans that identify themselves as Protestant. Its a sad indictment on society that this is still going on. I wrote on my own blog about the good work done by Jack McConnell and the clubs on this, but there's still a way to go, as this emphasizes.

Great tale about the priest giving you the keys to his chapel. That's what this should be about. But - would that have happened in Glasgow?


Ewan said...


thanks very much. Pay attention to the scotsman tomorrow re a PQ about McConnells work.

As for the priest and the protestant.. There are places where it could and does happen but neither are called Ibrox or Parkhead...



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