Peaceful Maze opposition wins the day
I AND my family were recently approached at the Royal Black demonstration at Scarva by a number of TUV activists, who were canvassing for signatures against the building of a so-called 'peace centre' and H-block shrine at the Maze.
I could see then that their campaign – ably aided by innocent victims and respected bodies, such as the UDR Regimental Association and the RUC George Cross Association – had struck a chord with the ordinary individual.
Their general comment was "better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all" and, by signing the petition, one demonstrates in a peaceful way one's opposition to the IRA/Sinn Fein project.
I did admire their commitment and enthusiasm, which had an infectious connection with the overwhelming number of people gathered to watch the spectacle of music and banners through the grounds of Scarva Demesne.
Well, it's obvious their peaceful campaign has won the day. Common sense and decency have prevailed. Hopefully, our clergy shall take note and lead the way to ensure there is no backsliding on the issue.
No society should have Government-sponsored glorification of terrorism foisted upon it. One should remember the many hundreds of funerals officiated over by our clergy through 30 years of terrorism and the thousands of innocent victims that have been maimed and scarred.
Moira, Co Down