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  •  anti-Catholicism in UK (0+ / 0-)

    Depends where you are... there are still small Orange marches in some parts of the North (for example in Liverpool, where there is still quite a bit of sectarian conflict under the radar). Obviously, this is not on the scale of what goes on in Northern Ireland, where the situation remains serious enough that employers are monitored regarding sectarian hiring practices, which nevertheless continue. I believe such moinitoring has also been introduced in Scotland a couple of years ago, in response to figures showing the issue still existed in hiring practices.
    A certain amount of sectarianism is behind some football rivalries too. Rangers v Celtic is the big one, but there are sectarian echoes in Sunderland v Newcastle and the rivalries between the two local teams in both Liverpool and Manchester.
    As the other poster noted, though, none of this is much to do with actual religious practice. The number of people who attend church in the UK is perishingly small. I lived there for 13 years, and the only church-goers I ever met were elderly, rural people, and middle-class types who were trying to get their child into the local church-run school (church schools are paid for by the state here, and due to their church affiliations can have a different racial mix than the area around them, which makes certain parents think they will be better schools.) This is such a common tactic that people joke about it. In London, where it can be difficult to get a school place at all much less a good one, fake "godbothering" is extremely common amongst the middle class...

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    by expatyank on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 10:27:01 PM PST

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    •  Dawkins has suggested that the lack of competition (0+ / 0-)

      in the religious sector has a lot to do with it. Something to contemplate next time the US constitution is rewritten (I understand detheocratization takes about a thousand years, though it could be a few hundred if all goes well).

      He also showed (in "Faith School Menace?") that if you control for where people live ("postcodes") the differences in outcomes between faith schools and others are fully explained. That's part of the "menace" he talks about: needless increase in social division.

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