Saturday, January 27, 2018

Cinema stars in islanders’ clash over day of rest

Mike Wade

January 27 2018, 12:01am, The Times

The Rev James Maciver says the film show is “a clash of a Christian view or a secularist view”

Luke Skywalker, lightsaber and all, never did battle like this. A Sunday screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the Outer Hebrides has unleashed forces that could yet bring down the one remaining stronghold of Sabbatarianism in Britain.

This is the Isle of Lewis, where for most of the past two centuries the Presbyterian church militant has made the rules on Sunday. In Stornoway, the capital, the shopping streets and harbourside are quiet, the supermarkets closed; islanders, even non-believers, do not hang washing on the line, out of respect for their devout neighbours.

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