What will be your legacy?

07/19/2021

For almost 40 years of the 'troubles' people were murdered because their life was deemed worthless by others. Labels like Protestant and Catholic were used to dehumanise victims and provide justification for murder. Simply holding either of these labels immediately made you a target.

During this period approximately 3,500 people lost their lives. The vast majority were innocent victims of terrorist acts perpetrated against them based on their identity. 

Last week the UK Government proposed legislation to create a statute of limitations which would end all prosecutions for incidents up to April 1998 and would apply to military veterans as well as ex-paramilitaries.

Northern Ireland's politicians were quick to kick back against these proposals.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the DUP said: "We want a process on legacy which includes an opportunity for those families and for those victims that want to take that route to pursue justice.

"It is not just about truth, it is not just about information recovery, it is about having the opportunity for individuals and families to pursue justice for their loved ones."

This sentiment was echoed by Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance Party, and Doug Beattie, leader of the UUP.

Mrs Long said: "Alliance was clear with the governments that we will continue to engage in the legacy process in order to find a solution. But that solution needs to be based on the rule of law and due process.

"However, we will not provide cover for anything that amounts to an amnesty. I was clear in the meeting this process has to be centred on victims, who have been re-traumatised this week thanks to the actions of the UK Government.

"Any suggestion their right to access justice has been denied will hurt them further."

Doug Beattie added: "The UK Government must widen their proposals to incorporate a criminal justice element or they will risk inflicting more pain on innocent victims whose families have already sacrificed so much.

"Any proposals which snuff out any hope of justice need to be abandoned."

Yesterday the word justice came up time and time again as the NI Assembly debated a motion criticising the Government's plans. So strong was the feeling in the Assembly that the motion passed on an oral vote.

Why justice matters

The Christian worldview is a simple one. All men are created in the image of God, god hates the hands that shed innocent blood and the Government are ordained by God to be an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. For the UK Government to, therefore, show partiality to the wicked is an abomination to God.

Justice only matters because it matters to God and it is only by His standards, as told by the Law, that justice can make any sense.

What will your legacy be?

What we have seen from our politicians over the past week has been little more than blatant hypocrisy.

Why? They cry for justice for those innocently murdered in the past while simultaneously supporting the murder of innocents in the present. 

They do it using the same tactics as those who murdered people in the past. They have abandoned the use of the sectarian mantra and replaced it with an ageist one. Rather than dehumanising human beings through the labels of Protestant and Catholic they are targeting them through the labels of embryo and fetus. 

Both Naomi Long and Doug Beattie know that the murder of innocent human beings is wrong. This is shown by their opposition to any form of amnesty for terrorists yet these two politicians vocally support the imposition of abortion on our land.

Between April 2020 and June 2021 1,624 innocent children were murdered by abortion. Naomi Long and Doug Beattie have sought to justify, and continue to justify, these murders.

For Colum Eastwood of the SDLP and Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Fein the numbers are even more shocking. Having also campaigned for changes to the law in the Republic of Ireland these two politicians must share responsibility for the murder of almost 15,000 children in the past two years.

The legacy of our past is bad. The legacy of our present will be much, much worse.