Independence campers say Jesus wants them to stay outside Scottish Parliament
Independence campaigners say they have been instructed by Jesus to remain camped outside the Scottish Parliament.
The Sovereign Indigenous Peoples of Scotland say they are conducting a “spiritual” vigil and have been told by the Son of God to resist the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s attempts to remove them.
Campaigner Richard McFarlane told the Court of Session on Tuesday that he had spoken to Jesus personally.
He told judge Lord Turnbull that Jesus also told them the indie camp wants the Stone of Destiny.
The court heard how the stone would be used in a “Coronation” ceremony for Christ.
Mr McFarlane said: “We have spoken to Jesus who is here for his second coming and he would like you to stop this if you can please.
“If it is in your power could you please leave the indie camp alone. Christ is here on his second coming.
“We are having a spiritual vigil. We want to be free of debt and free of war. So if you can stop this, please do.”
Mr McFarlane’s claims were made during a procedural hearing. The campaigners are currently fighting the Corporate Body’s attempts to have their camp removed from the Scottish Parliament’s grounds.
The camp was set up on the Parliamentary estate in November 2015 with the Indy campers citing the devolution era Democracy for Scotland vigil as inspiration.
The corporate body wants the group to be removed saying they are taking up space without permission and could be compromising the political neutrality of the area.
The hearing on Tuesday was supposed to hear about the campaigners’s attempts to secure lawyers for their cause.
The Indy campers were told by Lord Turnbull last month to find lawyers who would argue their case on human rights grounds.
Mr McFarlane also told the court that he and his fellow campaigners contacted 144 lawyers to see whether they would take their case.
The court heard that every one of the lawyers told them that they were unable to act for them.
Mr McFarlane told the court that “Jesus” told him that perhaps the Scottish legal establishment deliberately didn’t want to act for them.
He added: “He said they don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them.”
He also told Lord Turnbull that Christ had told him to say that everybody loved him.
He added: “The Lord communicated to me to tell you that we love you sir.”
During proceedings, Lord Turnbull rebuked Mr McFarlane for not sticking to legal points and for making “philosophical” and “spiritual” arguments that couldn’t be properly examined by the court.
Mr McFarlane told the court that he wanted to call the Queen as a witness.
During proceedings, another campaigner called Arthur Gemmill, accused the judge of committing blasphemy.
Mr Gemmill said Lord Turnbull had “ridiculed” his belief in God.
When asked to substantiate this claim, Mr Gemmill said he couldn’t find the insult in a written judgement which had been issued by the court at an earlier date.
Mr Gemmill insisted that Lord Turnbull had insulted him at an earlier hearing.
He said that the judge had “dismissed” his comment that only God could make laws for men by saying “is that right” in a “derogatory” tone.
Lord Turnbull rejected Mr Gemmill’s claims.
Warning him that he was coming close to committing a crime by wrongly accusing a judge of wrong doing, Lord Turnbull said to Mr Gemmill: “Do you realise what contempt of court is?”
Mr Gemmill replied: “Yes sir.”
Lord Turnbull replied: “You do realise that it is a crime?”
Mr Gemmill then replied: “yes.”
The judge then warned the campaigners about the content of their submissions, telling them that they had to address him specifically on whether evicting them would breach their human rights.
The campaigners wanted more time to try to find a lawyer who will represent them.
However, Lord Turnbull refused this saying there was “no realistic prospect” of them finding legal representation.
The Scottish Parliament’s advocate Gerry Moynihan QC opposed the citing of the Queen as a witness.