Last night, my attention was drawn to an article on Associated Press, dutifully carried by dozens of news outlets across the world. One paragraph went for me, as it did for quite a few people in these islands:
The majority of the 18,000 islanders strictly adhere to the books of Genesis and Exodus from the Old Testament, in which God declared the seventh day reserved for rest and worship. So after church services, they don’t use electricity, play games, shop or even hang out laundry to dry.
So we don't use electricity, eh? Your blogger has sent three stiff complaints, to the writer, AP and the Independent on Sunday. The fact that many people in Lewis go along with the wishes of a few, in order not to cause upset or offence, does not mean everybody subscribes to such practices. And the non-use of electrical power is blatantly incorrect.
Yesterday, when I was at the ferry terminal, I was annoyed by the expressions on the faces of the presspack, when they caught sound of the group of church goers, singing psalm 46 - nearly laughing their heads off. Whatever your views on Sabbaterians and their convictions, I believe them to be genuine and sincerely held. There is no call for ridicule and misrepresentation, and I think it's time the press stopped making us the laughing stock of the world.