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Friday, June 03, 2011

The Glorious Revolution

The "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 is often viewed as having protected the traditional liberties of Englishmen. The chief two liberties being protected seemed to be those of persecuting Roman Catholics, and persecuting dissenting Protestants.

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  1. Do you ever reckon that the dominance of the Anglophonic world ensured that it was Protestant England that would determine what is most often read or known in history textbooks for years, thus bringing a tinge of anti-Catholic bias with it?

    I remember that when the Pope visited UK recently, there was some pretty nasty comments thrown around about him in a few columns of mainstream newspapers. Had this been a mullah/imam or the Dalai Lama visiting, nobody would have dared entertain such controversy, but it was totally acceptable for Julie Burchill to write, "If one is Catholic, then surely double speak and lies are second nature." Another called him a "leering old villain in a frock". And nobody blinked.

    It's incredible, this sort of hard bigotry against Catholics in an otherwise not-bigoted region. These are not comments from 1688 but from 2010. So many Catholics live in UK, and yet it's acceptable for writers to label them as double-speaking liars. The Economist's Bagehot column reckoned it was leftovers of anti-Irish sentiment during Irish immigration of 1960s and 1970s. Hmmm, and wasn't it around the same time that Monty Python made the Sperm Is Sacred piece, bashing Catholics?

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