3:55 PM - Scotland Likens Christian Youth Choir from America to Nazis and ISIS
Commentators in Scotland are aghast that a youth choir from a Christian church in America was allowed to perform at a shopping center in Edinburgh, comparing the young people from Texas to Nazis and ISIS.
"What message does it send when a shopping center welcomes this kind of musical Trojan horse into a Scottish city, and where do we draw the line?" wrote Shona Craven, a columnist for The Herald and The National newspapers in Scotland.
The 100-member choir is from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, which is part of the Southern Baptist denomination.
"A neo-Nazi puppet show at the Gyle Shopping Center? Magic tricks by Islamic State at Buchanan Galleries? I'm sure most Scots are far too savvy to be taken in by evangelical showmanship, but that's not really the point. As a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here," Craven wrote.
The Scottish Secular Society, according to the Herald newspaper, issued an alert that "southern baptist (sic) ministries in the U.S. were increasingly looking to use their money and religious influence to attempt to change laws in the UK and other countries."
The reason for the hatred?
The youths' church follows biblical teaching on homosexuality, abortion and other hot-button issues.