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Isn’t this a little like complaining about Santa Claus at Christmas, or pumpkins at Halloween? It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Not a holy religious experience.
The complaint was that all the drunk leprechauns in observance of St. Patrick’s Day was offensive. This was one of the responses. Really.
I had to resist the Teaching Moment and restrained myself from typing up a 1500 word essaylet on Roman Catholic observances and the significance of Saints’ Days, and the particular significance of this Saints’ Day to the Irish people. But I still had to point out to Sassy McIgnorant that it is INDEED a holy religious experience.
I’m more and more struck by the rudeness of people when it comes to religious holidays. Granted, I’m not Irish. Granted, the Irish in America–many of them, that is–sort of screwed themselves by dyeing rivers green and acting like drunk monkeys every 17 March.
But they came here because they were starving. And this country turned them into slave labourers and cannon fodder. But they worked against all that, moving up the social ranks, working hard and making a life here. It was hard work in often bleak places, but they did it and did it well. They worked hard enough to make over this country AND to buy the freedom of their homeland. You gotta respect that.
If they want to take a day to drink and have a wake for the Ireland That Is No More, then have it.