Celebrating 1916?


I was astonished by the letter of the Rev DAVID FRAZER, Laytown, Co Meath. (Letters 19 April), that he should ‘celebrate the bravery of the men and women of 1916’.

Is this a personal reflection of the Rev. Frazer, or have the Church of Ireland totally abandoned the injunction of our Lord Jesus Christ?:

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31 NIV)

Perhaps his reference to a ‘British state that is rotten to its very core’, is a reflection of the lingering resentment that the instrument of the British state, the Church of Ireland, has been disestablished?

Yours etc,

Brian Kennaway (Rev)

Crumlin, County Antrim.


This letter appeared in the Irish Times on 21st April 2006