(Original post by snailsareslimy)
Ah, the good old 'Orange Walks' conversation topic. It's not as if I've heard this one hundreds of times, but I'll put in my 2 cents regardless.
(I'm from Northern Ireland and I'd refer to myself as agnostic.)
I'm completely fine with the walks taking place (although I never go to any); it's an important part of Northern Irish culture, and people obviously want to celebrate William of Orange's victory, and therefore keeping Ireland within the British Crown. I'm also fine with people not liking it; it's understandable that if you're passionate about a united Ireland, that you'd find such events distasteful.
But, what I do have an issue with, are the little scum bags running around the streets throwing petrol bombs etc at the police/people in general. Firstly, it appears that very few of these people actually understand anything to do with Irish history. Do they actually know what they're fighting for? I'd assume most don't, as they look 15 and are wearing chavvy attire and remind me of the kids who do no work in school. Secondly, if you're so passionate about fighting for ______, then why do you cover your faces? You're not very heroic there, trying to avoid being caught by the police... Pearse and the likes didn't cover their faces; in fact, they were proud of their actions, so why don't you follow the same line? (If someone could actually answer this for me, I'd appreciate it; I've always wondered
I'll also repeat this point for those on the other side who carry out similar attacks. It's disgusting and shouldn't be condoned at all.
I also feel that the Walks shouldn't go through Catholic areas, and any demonstrations from the other side shouldn't be in Protestant areas; yes, it's not going to appeal to everyone, but there's no need to rub each others faces in it and it would be a lot more peaceful if it was done this way (I'd like to hope, anyway).
That aside, violence in the 21st century is wrong and people, from both sides, need to start realising that we are all humans. By being a Catholic, Christian, Protestant, whatever... it's the same God. God is not going to appreciate you killing others over religion; it's written in the bible in black and white! Also, doesn't God tell us to 'love your neighbour' and to 'love your enemies'?
If anyone was fighting over religion, they'd realise this immediately, and therefore it's resulted in people fighting for the sake of it, which disgusts me to the core. I'm honestly so fed up with hearing about shootings, petrol bomb attacks, attempted and actual murders over sectarian issues; it makes me ashamed to live in this country.
Hopefully people from both sides can get over the actions that happened hundreds of years ago and learn to live together in harmony, although that will never happen; not in my lifetime, anyway.
(Also, sorry if the points I've raised have been mentioned before, I can't be bothered reading it all