Gerry Adams to preach on forgiveness
It is a curious sincerity which seeks now to give solace to others who may have so suffered, only to discover that the real reason might have something to do with the fact that his own brother is presently being sought by the police for sexually abusing his daughter, and that Gerry Adams has known about it for years: he says he believed his niece from the outset, but strangely did nothing about it.
And then it transpires that Channel 4 have invited the IRA chief to present a television programme about Jesus. The Sinn Fein leader is being filmed on a 'personal journey to discover the real Jesus'. He will also examine Christian teachings on 'love, forgiveness and repentance'.
No doubt he will find an Irish republican christology: the Jesus who visited Ireland and, draped in the tricolour, helped to drive out the invading hordes of Britons.
But Gerry Adams on forgiveness?
How can the unrepentant preach on forgiveness?
Victor Barker, whose 12-year-old son James died in the 1998 Omagh bombing, said: 'Asking Gerry Adams to speak about love and forgiveness is like asking Myra Hindley to lecture on child-minding. I think it's a big mistake and completely misguided. Channel 4 is being used by Mr Adams. It is offering him a platform for doing what he does so well, of coming across on camera as a genuine, peaceful person who wants to promote peace and love.'
Mr Adams' programme is one of a seven-part documentary series called The Bible: A History. Each part will be presented by commentators from 'very different backgrounds'. Channel 4 said Mr Adams would 'explore different perspectives on Jesus and how he is presented in the Bible'.
Ralph Lee, head of 'specialist factual' at Channel 4, said: 'This film will offer an insight into how a man so strongly associated first with conflict and then with peace in Northern Ireland has reconciled his religion with the decisions he has taken in his life. I think it will offer a rare perspective on the relationship between religion and conflict.'
It beggars belief that Channel 4 have decided to help rehabilitate the man who has been president of Sinn Fein for 26 years and directly implicated in the murder of almost 2000 people. What is Christian about planting bombs which kill children and pregnant women?
Lord Tebbit, who was himself injured and his wife permanently disabled after the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton, burst out laughing when he heard about Mr Adams' programme.
He said: 'I wish him well. And I hope he also comes across the doctrine of hell and the consuming of pernicious unrepentant murderers and sinners in general by the fires of hell for all eternity. What will he do after that? A programme about pigs discovering cleanliness?'
This is not a programme about exploring Jesus, but of exploiting him.
Channel 4 should be interviewing those who have survived three decades of Gerry Adams’ murderous campaign. Therein lies the reality of the struggle for forgiveness, for Cranmer would far rather hear of the dark and bitter years endured by the Anglican Tebbits as they try to live each day a life of faith which demands forgiveness against every instinct of the flesh, than the hypocritical pious platitudes of professing Roman Catholic Gerry Adams – however much he may have been abused by his father.