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Anybody else tickled by this Nimby story in Scotland’s The Herald?
A bunch of car-driving Christians are objecting to the rolling road closure of the B846 along the Tay. The road will be temporarily closed on Sunday June 24th to allow the passing of 2500 Sportive cyclists on the Etape Caledonia.
The congregation of Dull and Weem Church of Scotland is up in arms at such a breach of their “right to worship.”
Church elders say the five-hour road closure will cut them off from their Sunday service.
According to The Herald, the rather unchristian-like Christians are threatening legal action against Perth and Kinross Council, which is backing the Etape Caledonia.
Church elder Tom Pringle said the road closure would breach his and other families’ right to worship.
He said: “It was with disgust that I heard this cycle event had been agreed, along with the necessary closure of many roads in Highland Perthshire.
“All this seems to have been done minus any consultation with the people living, working and worshipping in the area.”
The event was first publicised in January on Bikeforall.net.
Councillor John Hulbert, vice-convener of Perth and Kinross Council’s Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee, said he would attempt to find a “compromise” for concerned worshippers but did not know if one could be found.
Hmm, theologically speaking, there’s no strict need to attend a church building to worship. Of course, plugged in Christians could always worship at St Pixels for the day. Or, God forbid, maybe the congregation could cycle to church on Sunday 24th June? Where in the Bible does it say:
“Thou shalt pootle for a couple of miles in thy motorcar to worship thine God?”