A North Irishman Catholic and how he won against Scottish bigots

This is a blog I did elsewhere a week or so ago to show how the issues are still here, and how one man stood up to a regime of hate, this was written for a world audience keep in mind, I do published stuff now for an online paper in the USA so this article was not just for Celtic fans. I thought I would share it here. Just to say I never forgot what you fans did for Neil. As a Celtic fan I well up, tears come to my eyes when I look back at what he went through, and then I am filled with pride for what he overcome and achieved in the face of utter hatred. In the end HE WON, WE WON, WE ARE ALL NEIL LENNON, FOREVER GREEN, THERE IS ONLY ONE TEAM….. HH

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I don’t hide my love for Glasgow Celtic football Club, I am a football man, but in the West of Scotland, football is about religion also. Neil Lennon above, born in Northern Ireland and Catholic has been attacked in the street, attacked in a stadium live on TV, had bombs and bullets as well as death threats sent to him. Weaker men would have walked away, Neil Lennon stayed, we, the Celtic fans made a song for him and a saying “We are all Neil Lennon”

This is how bad it is http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/most-dangerous-rivalry-catholic-vs-protestant-through-football/ This sectarianism and bigotry at it’s worst, I am in it for Football same as the majority, but we have problems, death threats from the Protestant  side and worse. I don’t do hatred, Scotland is a very masonic, Protestant  country, and nobody really hides from it or denies it. So good on Neil Lennon, he is making and creating moments for Scottish football, my team Celtic, his players and the fans, man is a LEGEND

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This was common place, the media hated him, this wasn’t reported, he was reported for everything and banned a lot for nothing, he never gave up

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Attacked doing his job because he was Catholic

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Just the normal it was, till people got jailed, this was Lennon in the Picture, the words you can read yourself

When I got a mention on TV for writing about it

When I got a mention on TV for writing about it

Telling Catholics to go Home as the famine is over, hard being Catholic in Scotland

Telling Catholics to go Home as the famine is over, hard being Catholic in Scotland

 

How Catholics reacted to a Scottish mafia of lies and masons

How Catholics reacted to a Scottish mafia of lies and masons

 

 

He needed protection from the UDA (Ulster Defence Army)

He needed protection from the UDA (Ulster Defence Army)

 

How would you cope with this, every day in your job?

How would you cope with this, every day in your job?

 

He was brave, he stayed, he won, he still is. We are ALL Neil Lennon!

He was brave, he stayed, he won, he still is. We are ALL Neil Lennon!

He never gave in, we backed him, we protected him, we wrote about him, I wrote about him, against a corrupts game in Scotland I love, justice WAS done

Comments

  1. Saun

    My original comment disappeared. I waited in case it was resurrected but it seems to have passed on to eternal life. I think Wullie is having problems with the site. The fat controller probably doesn’t recognise his new name. Or maybe he is just not as clever as that Jas fella. 🙂

    Now that everything seems back on track, I will post this with everything crossed.

    I commented that it is a sad situation when one man is not capable of living peacefully and in harmony with another, especially for reasons of colour, race or creed. Unfortunately there seems to be a recognisable number of these type of men and women in Scotland who have Irish Catholics in their intolerance gun-sights. Consequently, any prominent person who epitomises that racial and or religious group is selected for especially vicious treatment. Neil Lennon falls well within their scope and has suffered the consequences. What he has had to endure over several years going back to his playing days is outrageous but somehow not unexpected in a country that struggles to shake off the shackles of sectarianism, racism and downright bigotry. I agree that he has shown inestimable courage in the face of numerous death threats, assaults and insults directed not just at him but also at his family. One of the cruellest and disgusting elements that must have been agonisingly hurtful, was the criticism from many quarters of his behaviour and not that of the perpetrators. He was made out to be the “baddy” in spite of the wrongs against him and his. Is this perhaps indicative of the twisted mindset of those who regard Irish Catholics as unwanted intruders.

    Personally, I believe the vast majority of non-catholics, generally the protestant denomination, who once held us in contempt and trod us underfoot, mainly through ignorance, distrust and, yes, intolerance, have turned a corner. If they have not quite reached the road end, many are well on the way to getting there. That does not make it any easier to cope with what is often quoted as a “minority” who seem to be uncontrollably more vociferous and vindictive than the commonly described “silent majority”. I am not convinced this situation is down to weakness or unwillingness on the part of the majority but more because that grouping are given less voice in public forums such as politics and the media. If we are to achieve any kind of progress and, hopefully, eventually eradicate the scourge all together, I firmly believe there needs to be a mutual undertaking to combat the dangerously boisterous minority. There are good signs of this happening, especially with the ecumenical movements in the various churches but also in attitude changes in lay organisations too.

    On the other hand, we Catholics of Irish descent must not carry a chip on our shoulder. For many years we had a lot of justification for having boulders up there but I can not accept we have now. We do have a pretty loud voice in the community nowadays and it gets more articulate by the hour. It is a religious and social sphere where our influence is growing fast though perhaps quietly in spite of some scandalous setbacks of late. I can see it by merely comparing being a Catholic in Scotland today with being one in my younger days. I have no complex about my heritage nor my religion now whereas in my youth, I cowered from my social and religious affiliations. I was very reluctant, for example, to wear Celtic colours openly in the streets, and I lived in a predominantly Catholic village. However, I do not see the same need to act so covertly today. What I am wary of is over-emphasising our historic plight leading to present day exaggeration. Over- playing can very easily become over-kill.

    In my opinion there are enough well intentioned and inclusive Scots in all our communities to allow for mutual cooperation and acceptance. Nothing annoys yet silences troublemakers and bigots more than being ignored. Do not give them the exposure and they should soon wither away or at least have no interested audience. Do not supply them with the armoury of overstatement or even unproven accusations. Leave those unsound weapons to them and in time they will back fire on them. As for ourselves, we should be as prepared as the hawk in preying, as determined as the eagle in defending but as peaceful as the dove in reacting.

    Your passionate insight burst through once again Saun. As always it was a powerful read and brought a fresh awareness of an ongoing, major problem in Scottish society.

    H H

    Arthur

    1. I’m currently reading Phil Mac’s latest book Minority Reporter – Modern Scotland’s bad attitude to her own Irish. There is an excellent section on Neil Lennon in the book. I’ll be doing a book review next week on it but it is well worth a read. Scotlands real shame is not sectarianism it’s anti Irish Racism.

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