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March 17, 2005
Wearing of the Green

Is there enough green on this page?

Being Dutch on my Mom's side, I grew up with the notion that we were supposed to wear orange instead of green on Saint Patrick's Day. Perhaps that's a by-product of the intense anti-Catholicism of the Dutch Calvinist camp. That sort of attitude is understandable, given the anti-Reformation persecution conducted by Rome in centuries past.

But those centuries are past. The differences between Catholicism and mainline Protestantism are not actually numerous, though they are doctrinally profound... but burning at the stake does not exactly remain a threat to those of us who dissent.

In Ireland, sectarian differences are used as rallying cries for partisans on both sides, though I think it's been fairly well established that the IRA is primarily not a religious group but a Marxist-leaning political group that cynically uses anti-Protestantism as a surrogate for its anti-British agenda. In turn, their political opponents have turned to anti-Catholicism to energize their followers. As a result, honest Catholics and Protestants both suffer.

There is much more that binds Catholics and Protestants to each other than separates them, and many people would be better off if we all started acting like it. Compared to the differences between Christianity and (e.g.) Islam, denominational differences within Christianity are nearly trivial.

Posted by Russ at 10:24 AM, March 17, 2005 in History & Miscellany

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I'm about half Irish and half German with a smidge of Russian. My husband is German. When pregnant with my middle child I was given a choice of delivery dates (an advantage to have a csection) and I deliberately chose St Patty's day. Oh, imagine the 'talking' to I got from my pure German mother-in-law!! Most of what she said I didn't understand a word of, seeing as how I don't speak German. Anyhoo, Destiny is proud of her German heritage and that is celebrated often enough. This is a day that we get to celebrate double though - her birth and her Irish heritage. :)

Happy Green Day.

Posted by: Kricket at March 17, 2005 03:46 PM

Yeah. Plus, I look good in both orange AND green.

Posted by: Cara at March 18, 2005 10:47 AM

I just like Saint Patty's day because I don't have to have an excuse to be drunk!!

Posted by: Matt at March 18, 2005 10:05 PM