Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Piper silences hate preacher in “most Scottish way possible”

Market Street, St Andrews
Market Street, St Andrews


An anonymous busker has been hailed for silencing a preacher expressing anti-LGBTI and anti-Islamic sentiments in St Andrews yesterday.

The preacher was using a megaphone to yell out his messages in the town’s Market Street, when the young piper approached the man – apparently to challenge his actions.

As the preaching continued, the piper began to play Scotland the Brave, drowning out the noisy and intolerant sentiments to cheering from onlookers.

Footage of the event was filmed by local man Lachie Blair and posted to YouTube, where is has already been viewed by over 670,000 people.

As Lachie says, the piper put the preacher in his place “in the most Scottish way possible”.

The preacher’s message was said to be “aggressive”, and included the assertion that same-sex marriage has ruined the Scottish economy. Following the piper’s intervention, the preacher appeared to abandon his mission – just as a police vehicle pulled up.

An eyewitness said: “The preacher was yelling scripture while condemning everyone and people were literally just ignored him. A few managers from restaurants came out of their shops to tell him to shut up but of course microphone and amplifier reigns supreme… until… enter bagpipes! The funniest part was he was yelling so loud into the microphone that it was really difficult to hear what he was actually saying and I was right next him.”

Lachie’s clip of the incident can be viewed here.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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