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Happy 4th of July to all American readers of The Oban Times.
The USA is so prominent in so many aspects of our economic and cultural life we cannot fail to recognise that this date has significance to us and our friends on the other side of the pond.
As a wee example of US influence, here are some of the people and things I love about the US of A. Bruce Springsteen, Ella Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the Empire State Building, New York, Bluegrass, the Great Plains, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou, High Noon, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Singing in the Rain, and Ernest Hemingway, Franklin D Roosevelt, Sandra Bullock and The Blues Brothers.
When the early settlers crossed the Atlantic they took dreams of religious freedom. A verse from Matthew’s Gospel was to underpin their efforts in nation building: You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
In some sense this has become a reality. You can see it in the inspirational Martin Luther King, the writings of Maya Angelou, the dignity of Abraham Lincoln, the rhetoric of Barack Obama.
So please, please USA, have the Christian compassion that should have always been there from the beginning and do not let another child and her father drown in the Rio Grande.
The lamp shines upon your actions – God and the world are witnesses.
Reverend Dugald Cameron
Kilmore and Oban Church of Scotland