And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. John 6:16
The Disciples were lucky Capernaum was not Presbyterian.
For, Jesus, so we are told, could walk on water. But those of us who prefer more conventional (not to mention sane) means of attempting such sea travel have fallen foul of yet another island of zealots. No, it’s not the Bishops in the House of Lords, it’s the occupants the island of Lewis and Harris.
The BBC reports that two-thirds of the adult population is “staunchly Presbyterian”. They’ve signed a petition to prevent the ferry crossing from the mainland on “the Sabbath”.
After their petition (and probably a few less-publicised petitions to their god to sink the heretical ship) failed, they’re now doing what almost all the other religious lobbies do – they’re trying to invoke, manipulate or otherwise use the law:
Says the BBC:
Harris West councillor Morag Monro, whose ward contains the port of Leverburgh, said legal action was being considered. "At the moment we are investigating whether there is a legal option open to us to protect us from this imposition," she said.
Of course, when they discover that there is no law (well, I hope there isn’t) to prevent the free movement of people in accordance with their fear of upsetting an imaginary god, I have no doubt they’ll try to have one made.