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Check out the Iona Institute… and not just for the Irish accents.

Updating Blog roll links – and the Iona Institute gets a guernsey. In part for this excellent video speaking sanity on the marriage debate, in part for the music of the Irish voices.

In part, out of fond memories of travels to Iona in 1985 with the Scottish cousins Mary & Jane Moffat; reading Dr Johnson’s account of his ‘Journey to the western isles of Scotland‘ as a travel guide. And a bleak day at the youth hostel at Uig on the Isle of Skye hearing snatches from Faure’s Requiem on Mary’s walkman. As Dr Johnson put it:

That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona!

Try that assertion, from this ruggedly unsentimental man, on a class of conceptually-correct students in today’s classrooms… Piety? Patriotism!? Not only meaningless but borderline-offensive terms… But I know what he means with Iona at least, and its ancient role as a base for the Irish missionaries and scholars to bring light to a barbaric world is pretty much where we are back to today. Go for it, Iona Institute.

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