Ap­palled by on­slaught against hu­man­ists

The Oban Times - - News -

Sir, I was ap­palled and sad­dened by Don­ald J Mor­ri­son’s undig­ni­fied on­slaught against a hu­man­ist fu­neral in In­ver­ness (Let­ters, The Oban Times, April 20).

As an el­der of the Church of Scot­land for some 30 years, I am aware that Christ asks us to love thy neigh­bour and show un­der­stand­ing and for­give­ness.

I have at­tended a num­ber of hu­man­ist funer­als and one hu­man­ist wed­ding. In each case, no men­tion was made of Chris­tian­ity but in each case many of the qual­i­ties of the teach­ings of Christ were ex­pressed. In­deed, I am of the un­der­stand­ing that hymns can be in­cluded if so wished.

What will the griev­ing next of kin think should they read Mr Mor­ri­son’s hurt­ful and ag­gres­sive let­ter? He says: ‘We are all sin­ners’. If so, we should shun sin and pro­fess peace and un­der­stand­ing to all mankind.

I ap­pears to me that such an in­su­lar at­ti­tude causes dis­re­spect be­tween the var­i­ous re­li­gions, caus­ing many wars.

I for­give Mr Mor­ri­son for his hurt­ful state­ments un­der the ban­ner of Chris­tian­ity. Don­ald Fraser, Aber­feldy.

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