Even though I don’t write that much about it anymore there are still some stories here in Northern Ireland that disgust me. Take this for example and as reported in The Newsletter today;
“The pastor involved in organising a walk in memory of 10 Protestant workmen slaughtered by the IRA has received a death threat. Pastor Barrie Halliday of Five Mile Hill Pentecostal Church in Bessbrook is helping plan the march which aims to retrace the three-and-a-half mile last journey of the men who were murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills in 1976. Yesterday Pastor Halliday, who has the full support of the victims’ families, confirmed that police had informed him of a death threat. “The message to me from the PSNI was that if we do proceed with the march through the village of Whitecross my church will be ‘burnt to the ground’ and I will be ‘shot dead’. It is pure intimidation.” There has been opposition – led by the SDLP and Sinn Fein – to the walk passing through the nationalist village of Whitecross, one of the last spots the men saw before they died in two hails of 161 bullets.”
161 bullets. Carnage. And I remember all the funerals that followed, several to the Church I attended back then.
I know Barrie Halliday, he is a former TUV colleague and I am very saddened to hear that local republican scum have issued a death threat against him. As regular readers know, the Kingsmill massacre is the one that made the deepest impact on me and I have written plenty about it. The idea that 36 years AFTER these innocents were slaughtered there are people about who would threaten the families of the bereaved and their representatives is, frankly, unbelievable.
In fact, it gets even worse;
“Last night, the Parades Commission directed that restrictions would be placed on the route. These include only the sole survivor of the attack – Alan Black – and two relatives of each of the 10 men murdered being allowed to walk through Whitecross on February 25.”
Why? Surely EVERYONE who shares the pain and hurt of what happened to these families should have the right to make this moving procession? This is a sop to IRA/Sinn Fein and to my way of thinking it is an affront to the families of the murdered. Northern Ireland has become a world where morality is twisted out of all recognition in order to sustain a phony and bankrupt “peace”. The Parades Commission, that most undemocratic and Orwellian of bodies, once more deserves criticism for not accepting the FUNDAMENTAL right of all those who support the quest for Justice for the families of the Kingsmill massacre to walk this route. Can you imagine the OUTCRY of the Parades Commission imposed similar conditions on the Bloody Sunday march?