The release of convicted Lockerbee terrorist al-Megrahi and Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill’s justification for the release is a defining moment for personal morality.
The Justice Secretary’s decision is clearly open to criticism but it is not flawed. To deny on’es compassion is to deny one’s humanity. Secretary MacAskill acted on representations from both the Libyan government and from English House of Commons. In speaking for justice and compassion, he certainly spoke for me.
Video coverage of the Secretary’s statement and Holyrood (Scottish Parliament) debate are available on YouTube: Kenny MacAskill’s Statement
In a strange way, the Justice Secretary’s defense on grounds of personal morality and humanity, not on some abstract community standard, was refreshing to say the least, and a reminder of what I miss and long for in a “community of faith”.