Over on the Provost’s Blog he is having a wee rant about ‘The Silliest Thing I’ve Read About Scottish Independence’ and a jolly good rant it is too.
However it does make me wonder what part the church should and will have in this important debate. Are their issues of social justice and identity (that was a big one at the recent clergy conference) that need to be aired, debated through, and seen in the clear light of day? What about the voice of Scotland within the Union on issues which affect Scotland most but which appear to fall on deaf ears in Westminster, Trident is the most obvious example?
Shouldn’t we be involved in hosting hustings and actively encourage the populace to think carefully about the issues on both sides? Shouldn’t time be given over at our synods to looking at this issue and praying for this beautiful country as it approaches this crossroads? Don’t we need to have some kind of acknowledgement of what Scotland’s place has been in the union; the benefits as well as the negative stuff?
I have three great fears about this referendum. Firstly that it will be a turn out that is too small to really give any true majority of the populace. Secondly that some of those who vote will vote without all the facts, but with hype, scarmongering and misinformation ringing in their ears. Surely we, the churches, can do something about that and serve the people of Scotland in a much more useful way that some ill-conceived article from across the pond ever can.