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Monday, 25 April 2011

Sectarianism in Scottish football

Yet again sectarianism associated with Scottish club football is in the news. A senior club manager is reported to think that the problem is deep seated, that there is little more that clubs can do about the problem and that it has its roots in being passed down at home from generation to generation. The Scotman editorial on Saturday 16 April echoes this view.

But don't just blame the fans. Sectarianism in Scotland is even more deep rooted. So long as a new monarch is required by law to swear to maintain and preserve the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Government in Scotland the religious divisions manifest in sectarianism will continue to be expressed and supported at the highest levels of Scottish society.

It is not time for parliamentarians and church leaders to take action to remove this outdated manifestation of the religious divisions of over three hundred years ago?

Letter, Scotsman 19 April 2011