In our first selection of letters, we find a message that resonates with our cause: Scotland cannot have a future without its Christian soul.
Quo Vadis? Where do we go from here?
I joined the SNP at the tender age of 16 back in 1972. I could put hand on heart the party back then was truly a party of the grass roots, no big business influence, no trade influence, just people who wanted to see an Independent Scotland making her own way in the world. I still feel that way, but it appears the SNP have went all professionally political.
We often discussed what the membership would do if we achieved our goal of Independence. The majority would go back to ‘normal’ life away from politics. One prominent member once told me that he couldn’t wait to get back to his allotment. Some would join one of the existing parties after Independence like the Liberals or the Labour Party. Me? I had no political ambitions neither did I have an allotment. I just wanted to see Scotland free from an unjust Union and get on with my life.
I now find myself in a quandary. We, apparently, are so close to achieving that goal, but I find myself unable to vote for a Party that would rather push for Self-Identification of Gender than thrash out the conditions of securing Independence. Our Proportional Representation Election gives us a ‘first past the post’ election and a list vote, where we choose a party to represent us in Parliament. I cannot ‘lend’ my vote to the SNP because of their policies and stances on issues like abortion, euthanasia, redefining of marriage, gay adoption and now self-identification of gender (cunningly disguised as GRA, Gender Recognition Act). Blessed John Duns Scotus, a medieval Franciscan theologian, and also a Scot, expounded on a philosophy called “Thisness”. Where in creation a created being/thing could only give glory to the Creator by being what it was, eg a grass being a grass. It could say I am a tree now and will give glory to God, exist, by being a tree. In my simple Franciscan mind that is what self-indentification gender promoters are doing. “Even though I appear to be a man, I’m going to be woman.”
I could only vote for a candidate who would not support any or all of the above. As the selected SNP candidate for my area appears to support all the above I cannot vote for them.
So, where do I go from here? I will need to seek info on all the other candidates on how they stand on the issues that are of concern to me and then decide...or stand myself.
Many people I know cannot understand why I would give up an opportunity to achieve Independence by not voting SNP, they will also not understand my reasoning either.
Our Lord said “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his soul?” I would turn this into “How will Scotland profit if it gains its Independence but suffers the loss of its soul?”
What I am trying to say my soul’s health is much more important than my long held beliefs of an Independent Scotland. Right now I feel that Im the only one who feels this way.