- Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:21 pm
"British" probably outweighs "Catholic" on that score, but it's by slightly skewed definition. He's extremely British, talks all posh and all, and a basic drive of the DUP mindset is to treat such people as father figures they must impress. His Catholicism is very much diluted by said Britishness and that he's not one of "themmuns", one of us bog folk that threatens their very existence by simply being here. Curious as it sounds, if it's not an Irish Catholic, or the Pope, even big Ian didn't really give a fuck.
The religious aspect is very definitely intertwined with the political, bit they don't really get properly twisted until there's actual religious services or practices involved. If, say, JRM was to pass away tomorrow in an incredibly gory but nonetheless slapstick gardening accident (a boy can dream), any DUP member attending his funeral would be ostracised from church, fucked out the Orange order and probably quietly deselected. It's a remarkably inhumane faith in that regard (and quite a few others)
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