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The Spirit Who Says "Yes"

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Father Sean Mc Manus


Dear Editor,

In "Faust" -- the dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ( 1749-1832) -- the Devil introduces himself as "that spirit who always says "No".

If Mr. David Trimble and the Reverend Ian Paisley do not want Old Nick to be the patron "saint" of their respective parties, they had better start say "Yes" -- yes to devolved government and to restored institutions.

I recognize that there is fear in the Unionist/Protestant community of Northern Ireland, and I do not dismiss that fear. But fear is not just a passive/neutral thing: it can be very dangerous, almost as dangerous as hatred.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous sermon, "Antidotes for Fear" said : "Is not fear one of the major causes of war? We say war is a consequence of hate, but close scrutiny reveals this sequence: first fear, then hate, then war, and finally deeper hatred".

If the Unionists/Protestants of Northern Ireland could only make the giant leap of accepting the concept of equality,then I feel sure fear would disappear. Love casts out fear, and there is no love without justice (equality).

Unionists must commit to equality and nonviolence; Nationalists must commit to nonviolence; the British Government must commit to even-handedness between the two communities; the Irish Government must stay vigorously involved.

That is the way forward -- and the way to invite in that Spirit who always says "Yes".

Father Sean Mc Manus
Irish National Caucus
Washington DC





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