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Should St Patricks day be stopped

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:17 am
by aZerogodist
Now I thought of this by way of analogy to the Muslims complaining about being offended by sausage and contraceptives &..&..&...
Anyway I was thinking of illuminating the absurdity of Atheists being offended by say, christian names, thenSt Paddy came to mind. Like he is attributed with bringing the wretched religion into Ireland, so Paddy’s day should almost be a day of protest, but I do enjoy the day though, and it usually is bitter cold so not the best protest day.
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Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:14 am
by bipedalhumanoid
No more than we should ban Christmas. Christmas and paddy's day have become secular. Sure if you wanted to you could turn it into something religious. You could go to church on that day or whatever but the vast majority of people don't think of religion when they think of st Patrick's day.

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:16 am
by CelticAtheist
St Patricks Day is all about drowning the Shamrock and fleecing the Yanks for their hard earned cash, to the absolute disgust of the RCC.

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:18 am
by DollarLama
St Patrick's day was originally a religious celebration, then it morphed into a celebration of irish catholic nationalism, and now it's become a kind of secular carnival, falling at about the same time as the christian carnival but not linked to lent in the same way.

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:44 pm
by bipedalhumanoid
Actually I distinctly remember hearing some debate on newstalk including a very religious person who was disgusted that people were more and more commonly referring to it as "paddy's day" rather than Saint Patrick's day. Mainly because it removes the religious connotations from the name. So if you want to piss off the church on this day you know what to do :lol:

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:12 pm
by nozzferrahhtoo
Its a bank holiday but after that the non religious are not impacted in any way, so there is no point targetting it.

You would do better to find a day where the non religious in us suffer or in some way are set back by it.

The no alchohol laws of Good Friday would be a good example here. Just because the memoids of the catholic faith are against drinking on that day does NOT mean I have to be denied drink too.

To use vaugely legal terms then, if you want to attack a religious celebration attack one where you have a kind of "standing". Where you are in some way impacted by it.

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:35 pm
by Ygern
It always amuses me when one of the 3 people in Ireland who actually sees Paddy's Day as a serious religious holy day makes some sort of public complaint about the lack of respect that the saint is getting.

The looks they get in return from everybody (sort of 'Oh look, a UFO') are really all that needs to be said.

I'm not Irish, so the day is doubly meaningless to me - but any day that means I get to lie in bed til 10am is alright by me.

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:52 pm
by bipedalhumanoid
Ygern wrote:
I'm not Irish, so the day is doubly meaningless to me - but any day that means I get to lie in bed til 10am is alright by me.

I'm not Irish either... nor do I have any Irish blood but I still used to celebrate paddy's day when I was living in Australia. We have parades and everything. Great excuse to spend some time in Dooley's 8)

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:38 pm
by DollarLama
bipedalhumanoid wrote:I still used to celebrate paddy's day when I was living in Australia. We have parades and everything. Great excuse to spend some time in Dooley's 8)
too right, mate! 8)

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:42 pm
by FXR
bipedalhumanoid wrote:Actually I distinctly remember hearing some debate on newstalk including a very religious person who was disgusted that people were more and more commonly referring to it as "paddy's day" rather than Saint Patrick's day. Mainly because it removes the religious connotations from the name. So if you want to piss off the church on this day you know what to do :lol:
We should seriously consider a strong campaign to have the day officially renamed Paddies day to reflect reality and to foster tolerance and inclusion.

The day could be the last Monday in March which would appeal to business and punters because Monday is the least productive day of the week and everyone would be guaranteed a long weekend every year.

If you did a country wide survey asking people if the day should be renamed and if it eventually was, bishops would be jumping off spires.