Not pastor Donald MacLeod. His thoughts:
"On the face of things the forthcoming papal visit to Britain should be an unqualified publicity triumph, offering a heady mixture of theatre, religion and politics. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the event was deliberately timed to clash with the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation. Ironically the spoiling tactic has turned out to be entirely unnecessary. Our SNP Government has no intention whatever of acknowledging Scotland's debt to the Reformation, and even less of honouring John Knox, the greatest of all our nation-builders, but now safely airbrushed out of our history. That he saved us from national economic ruin, laid the foundation of our national system of education and fired us with an aversion to tyranny, now counts for nothing. Our Government is in Knox-denial. Why does secular, humanist Scotland so warmly entertain Catholicism, with all its authoritarianism, and yet register terror at the mere mention of the religion of Knox? Is it just that we're suckers for funny costumes, and love to see old men dressed in ancient Roman togas?"Oh yeah, I like him.
Meanwhile, John Knox's body lies a-moldering under a parking lot. (Ken Ham offers some good thoughts on two contrasting graves.)
Absurd, offensive, sad. Love Scotland, a lot — but what a sad spiritual course it's taken.
Here's a much more fitting tribute; great pose, at the High Kirk of St Giles, Edinburgh.