The Roots of Sectarianism in Scotland

Guest Post by Davy Marzella.

One of the difficulties of addressing the issue of sectarianism in Scotland is agreeing on a definition.

Two common definitions are –
i) Religious bigotry.
ii) Anti-Irish prejudice or “racism”  
The origins and definitions of the terms “race” and “racism”are also relevant – particularly for consideration of the second.

On Heathenism

In the Guardian, Julian Baggini has exploring hethanism in a really interesting series of articles culminating in a manifesto, in which he pleads to atheists to reconsider their relationship with religion.  He identifies the smug tone which has come to be associated with the term “atheist”;  the primacy that non-believers give to the material world and acknowledges …

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