Sunday, May 27, 2012

What is a minority?

What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy to-day that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority.

It is the minority that have vindicated humanity in every struggle. It is a minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world. You will find that each generation has been always busy in gathering up the scattered ashes of the martyred heroes of the past, to deposit them in the golden urn of a nation’s history.

Look at Scotland, where they are erecting monuments–to whom? –to the Covenanters. Ah, they were in a minority. Read their history, if you can, without the blood tingling to the tips of your fingers.

These were in the minority, that, through blood, and tears, and bootings and scourgings–dying the waters with their blood, and staining the heather with their gore–fought the glorious battle of religious freedom. Read More