The letter from Dr Norman Hamilton (‘After the events of the last few weeks, there is now little point in churches meeting Sinn Fein’) might suggest that but, demands a response.
The praise heaped upon Dr Hamilton for saying what he did, seems to centre upon the notion that nobody ever said the like before.
Sadly, the ecumenical-supporting press is as blind as Dr Hamilton now seems to recognise that he was!
There have been many, in the past 40+ years, who have sought to expose the duplicity and deceit of Sinn Fein. Sadly, such warnings were ignored by those in the ‘ecumenical camp’ who were determined to aid Sinn Fein in its attempts to masquerade as a regular member of the democratic process.
Chief amongst those who engaged in this fraudulent attempt to deceive the people of Ulster, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, were the ‘clerics’ of every shade, including professing ‘evangelicals’.
Dr Hamilton’s ‘conversion’ to the truth is somewhat late in the day, given the almost certainly irrevocable damage done to Ulster’s position within the UK.
The moving of the border (with DUP compliance) between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic from the western edges of the six counties of Northern Ireland to the North Channel, presently under construction as a final phrase of our destruction, thus placing Northern Ireland outside of the UK and within a ‘United Ireland’.
The North Channel has become Great Britain’s border with the European Union and it means we are, in practical terms, excluded from the UK. (See Ben Lowry: ‘For all his debating skills Gove was unable to confirm PM’s border pledge’).
The bringing about of this situation lies largely in the domain of the ecumenical clerics, such as Dr Hamilton, since, without their ‘sanitising’ of the long process that has placed Sinn Fein/IRA in a position of absolute power within the Stormont executive, the Protestant and unionist people may well have taken heed to the many warnings issued over the last few decades as to what was happening.
Posing for a photograph alongside Gerry Adams before a fawning press, like the one printed alongside his letter, was a major feature of that deceitful ‘fumigation’ process!
Sadly, Dr Hamilton’s change of mind is not a ‘Damascus Road Conversion’ since that incident brought about a thorough change of heart and change of labour on the part of Saul of Tarsus.
He who before was a poor benighted enemy of God’s truth because a fervent, unceasing proponent of the gospel as he laboured as Paul the apostle. He himself wrote of how many of the saints in those days viewed him: ‘But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me,’ Galatians 1:23.
Sadly, I believe we will not see Dr Hamilton seeking to ‘preach’ the truth ‘which once he destroyed’!
I perceive that to be so when I peruse the letter he published. Here is no calling ‘a spade a spade’ or any sign of acknowledgement that he had misled the people of Ulster.
The people of this land had surely come to that decision themselves, beginning back in the days when it was clear that the DUP had been deceived by Sinn Fein’s sugar-coated, ecumenically supported facade of change which was seen to be a sham in the early days of the power-sharing executive.
The smiling mask of ‘St’ Martin McGuinness was seen to be slipping from the earliest days of the executive when it became clear to all that Sinn Fein was still allied to the IRA.
Its slippage was completed recently when Michelle O’Neill, the Sinn Fein leader in Stormont, was reported as saying: ‘I’ll never apologise for attending IRA man’s funeral’ (July 4).
The powerless position of the DUP was seen in that, despite the Stormont assembly calling on the Sinn Fein leader and her assembly colleagues to apologise for breaching the social distancing regulations, which she jointly introduced with Mrs Arlene Foster, the DUP First Minister, Mrs O’Neill and her fellow Sinn Feiners blithely and arrogantly have ignored that call.
From what we can see, the DUP has acknowledged its powerlessness by engaging in business as usual, at Stormont. By so doing they are reinforcing Sinn Fein’s entrenchment as the supreme power in Northern Ireland!
Sinn Fein had never repudiated its past and continued to honour those murderers who perished in their evil-doing.
This Dr Hamilton must have known but only now is he coming round to half-heartedly offering an acknowledgement of this truth.
His letter concludes with a prayer. ‘Lord, have mercy’.
Just who it is he wishes the Lord to have mercy upon, he does not make clear.
I certainly believe that chief candidates for mercy are those people who played a major part in the deceiving of Ulster, the aiding of Sinn Fein/IRA and the undermining of the gospel that has taken place in the last generation in our land, so favoured of the Lord in former times.
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), Kilskeery, Co Tyrone
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