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January 14, 2009

Is Scotland Still a Free Country?

A Pakistani-born Reverend has had his freedom of speech trampled upon because he happened to give an apology for Christ. 

Jesus was the thorn-in-the-side of those who hated him while on earth, and his name is still reviled today because he lives. 

John 15:18-25
18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: "No servant is greater than his master." If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: "They hated me without reason." (NIV)

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al-Bion, the northernmost post of the Dar al-Hajj.


(Background info: Ethnically, some mornings when I look in the mirror I'm not sure if it would be easier to comb my unruly hair, or to just paint half my face blue... http://splinteredsunrise.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/braveheart.jpg)

Scotland, dear Kim, is less a place and more an attitude. I hope to visit Scotland one day, just as I expect to go to Heaven one day, but both of them live in my heart already.

I still recall during the time of the Northern Ireland "Troubles" (and I'm part Irish too, and part Welsh, English,...) seeing a photo of a protester holding a sign "Keep Scotland Protestant". To think it really should have been "Keep Scotland Christian" is more than ironic; I wonder at what r.p.m. John Knox is spinning in his grave today. But I don't really care what the law says or what Shari'a does; they can't change the Truth. They can imprison our bodies and even kill us, but they can't change who we are in Christ.

I *know* it's heavily fictionalized to the point of being historically false, but I can't resist a quote:
William Wallace: I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.
William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just ONE CHANCE, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!
[Scottish army cheers]
William Wallace: Alba go bragh!
["Scotland forever!"]

Steve (SBK)

I have to say I enjoyed labrialumn's pun.

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