Letter: Bigotry masks

Let us try to differentiate between religious bigotry and an excuse for bad and violent behaviour (your report, 1 December).

How many of those who participate in creating the problem actually have any connection with the faith whose name they use for their actions? I cannot envisage many of those who cause trouble at Old Firm matches going to church the next day.

As for marchers, all they wish is to feel they belong to something. Could you tell by looking at someone what faith they follow - if any - once they remove their "badges of membership"?

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It is not really religious bigotry we fight, but a lack of proper outlets for the energies of young men. Can we not channel the energies to benefit the whole community?

These same young men would not hesitate to help their fellow human being under different circumstances, as has been seen on countless occasions throughout the history of our country.

I feel much of the trouble can be traced back to the years of repression and left-wing government that our country has suffered from - and still does.

People are not allowed to fight for their own benefits, but are regulated to stagnation and boredom by those they elect to look after them.

Ian Ross

Eden Lane


I grew up in the Glasgow of the 1920s and 1930s, when miscegenation was a Protestant marrying a Catholic (something my daughter now has done), so the current to-do looks like small potatoes. Of course, just about everyone then was pure white and we had to have something to fight about. Plus a change.

The Catholic Church's biggest mistake was getting rid of Latin, as now everyone actually can understand what they are saying.

Ian Binnie

46th Street

Des Moines

Iowa, United States

In the light of the east-west divide identified in your feature on sectarianism, a long-term solution emerges. If, one day, we get an independent Scotland, perhaps we could let England keep Glasgow.

Jim Fraser

King Brude Terrace