Has the Free Church gone Mad? Personal Abuse in The Scotsman

Has the Free Church of Scotland completely lost its remaining marbles? What made them think for one fraction of a second that making Reverend David Robertson their next Moderator was a remotely good idea?

Here is a Christian church that once upon a time had in Professor Donald Macleod the best leader any church never had, let alone the Wee Frees, who buttonholed with charm so even his most vociferous opponents would grudgingly smirk that all too often he had a point.

One decade later, and they think appointing someone with the didactic and diplomatic skills of a pub bouncer is somehow A Good Idea.

The main result of this madness will be a year-long disaster as the church’s dwindling resources are squandered on Rev Robertson’s self-publicity ego trips.

Mark Boyle (Letter published in Scotsman 10th November).

My response published today:

I am disappointed that The Scotsman saw fit to publish a 
letter from Mark Boyle (Letters, 10 November) which was nothing more than a personal attack on myself.

Just because I stand up for the Christian faith against the militant secularist agenda does not make me a self-publicist nor a pub bouncer.

Believe me, the level of hate mail and abuse that happens every time I dare to question the fundamentals of the secular elites, is reason enough to avoid this kind of publicity.

Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society (Letters, same issue) makes a more serious point, although it is confused, as is this whole issue, by the inability to define what creationism 
actually is.

The fact is that in Scotland’s schools the only attempt to introduce the American-style creation/culture wars is from the secularists. If by creationism Mr McBay means young earth six-day creationism, then that is not being taught in any science class in Scotland’s schools.

If, however, by creationism he means anyone who believes that there is a Creator, then I am right to be concerned that the Secular Society are using the bogeyman of “creationism” to further their campaign to remove Christianity from Scotland’s education 
system.

David Robertson

St Peters Free Church

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/religious-divides-1-3600342

3 thoughts on “Has the Free Church gone Mad? Personal Abuse in The Scotsman

  1. That letter’s genuine? I thought you’d written it – as an exaggerated send up of the sort of nonsense some folk think!

  2. I thought you were having a poke at yourself as well until I got to the last line of that letter! A perfectly sane one in response though.

  3. “The fact is that in Scotland’s schools the only attempt to introduce the American-style creation/culture wars is from the secularists. If by creationism Mr McBay means young earth six-day creationism, then that is not being taught in any science class in Scotland’s schools.

    If, however, by creationism he means anyone who believes that there is a Creator, then I am right to be concerned that the Secular Society are using the bogeyman of “creationism” to further their campaign to remove Christianity from Scotland’s education 
system.”

    Thank you, David Robertson for making this clear. The Secularist Humanists will continuue to beat with this broken stick anyway.

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