In a concerted attempt to widen its field of assault, the
Church of Rome and its agents are now intent on stirring up strife in Scotland.
Composer James MacMillan, in a lecture to the Edinburgh Festival on Scottish
Catholicism, has launched a venomous attack against the Protestants of the land
of John Knox. [See, inter alia: "The bigotry that shames Scotland",
The Independent, The Tuesday Review, August 10, 1999, p. 4.]
Accusing the Scots of "sour anti-Catholicism" and "religious
bigotry", MacMillan employs all the familiar tactics and allegations common to
the Romanist conspiracy against the Protestants and Unionists of Northern
Ireland, where, he claims, only the bombs and bullets are seen as making the
difference - conveniently forgetting that the bombs and bullets were instigated
in Ulster by his own Church of Rome and the Pope's specially blessed crucifixes
which he sent to the IRA hungerstrikers.
The strategy begins with inventing discrimination ("Catholics
are not really full citizens"). Then you need to allege that it is "endemic"
("in the workplace, in the professions, in academia, in the media, in politics
and in sport"). Add a persecution complex and intensify it to the point where
you must speak in "hushed voices" when dining in public to avoid divulging your
religion, lest you "suffer the consequences" of a "backlash". Next, you must
blame the whole situation on Protestant "sectarianism" and the "extreme nature
of our anti-Catholic past". Then you attack the country's constitution for its
"Protestant Presbyterianism"; and finally, you recommend that it be changed to
reflect the "genuinely pluralistic democracy" and "enriching multicultural
pluralism" with which we should "move together into the next millennium".
MacMillan advocates a return to pre-Reformation times in
Scotland. Is he ignorant of history, or, like his Church, attempting to cover it
up? Is he suggesting a revival of the treachery of the Romanist Mary Queen of
Scots (who had her husband murdered), or of the burning of Patrick Hamilton and
the Reformation martyrs, so that the system of the Dark Ages can be
Carefully avoiding a description of those times, MacMillan
overlooks the persecution of the Protestant martyrs by the Church of Rome which
hunted and pursued them like wild beasts and forced them to hide in dens and
caves - destitute, tormented and afflicted - only to be bludgeoned or burned to
death because they refused to bow the knee to Popery. He makes no reference to
George Wishart, the fire of whose martyrdom cast its light all over Scotland and
prepared the way for Scottish liberty. He bypasses the story of Wishart's
much-loved friend John Knox, who lopped off the branches of the apostate Church
of Rome, struck at its very roots, and dragged Scotland from gloom and
superstition into the enlightenment of the Reformation.
Confined for two years on a Papist French galley, Knox and his
fellow-prisoners resisted every means deployed against them to force them to
renounce their Protestant faith. Refusing to kiss a large image of the Virgin,
he threw it into the sea and said: "Let our lady save herself; she is light
enough; let her learn to swim!" No wonder that Mary Queen of Scots (whom he
faithfully admonished) declared that she feared Knox's prayers more than a
regiment of soldiers!
These are no doubt fine examples of what we might expect from
MacMillan's so-called "enriching multicultural pluralism", which expresses
itself in Northern Ireland through ethnic cleansing of Protestants and intrigue
to stop them from walking home from church on the Queen's Highway. In Vatican
terminology, the term really means its exact opposite - Papal tyranny.
Is it not also revealing that, having preached
non-sectarianism, MacMillan then attacks the press for championing a
non-sectarian system of education which would do away with church schools? He
himself, of course, and his views, are a typical product of those schools. Their
existence ensures that the Church of Rome can continue to exercise her
sectarianism, a right which she claims through her so-called 'infalliblity'.
Throughout her history she has used her sectarian education system to brainwash
her adherents into accepting her boasted 'infallible' authority. She has
proclaimed in her schools the lawfulness of persecution - a proclamation never
repealed to this day, when it is only through lack of power, not of will, that
she cannot openly perform the atrocities of the past.
Meanwhile, whither Scotland - a return to the mediaevalism of
Mary Queen of Scots, or a revival of the Biblical enlightenment of John