“Hostility to Catholics is
‘deep, wide and vicious'”
Things are not getting better on the bigotry front here in Scotland, and that is a real shame. What can be done about this? All we do is read articles in newspapers about how bad things are or how things are getting worse. Articles such as these:
- Council to Stem Bigot Parades, Clipped News, 2009-08-19;
- Bigotry Now All Over The Country, Clipped News, 2006-11-29;
- Glasgow Bigotry Alive and Kicking, Clipped News, 2004-11-23.
Let us not forget one of our own, high-hitting posts, IHF (I Hate Football), Getting Worse, 2 February 2008.
Some people still blame the segregated schools, but that is a red herring (see How To Manage Racism, Sectarianism and Sexism, RT1, Monday, 19 February 2007), because it seems that keeping religions and cultures apart is the best way, and that forced integration is making things worse.
Maybe the way forward is to celebrate differences and similarities, emphasise rather than hide, be proud of whatever it is you are, and keep away from “the other side” for as much as is humanly possible. It seems to work for the GAY and Lesbian community, or at least it is working better than it is for the rest of us in terms of sexism, racism, and sectarianism.