The Mallory Project

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Why I’m Not Wearing Green Today

on March 17, 2014

I’m not Irish. I’m not Catholic. And I can only celebrate one genocide a year, and Thanksgiving fills that threshold (it’s got pie!)
Oh? You didn’t know St. Patrick’s Day commemorates a genocide? When Patrick (who wasn’t Irish) went to Ireland, his task was to convert the country to Catholicism. But not everybody there was willing to give up their centuries-old religion. And St. Patrick killed everyone who wouldn’t convert. Now, he probably didn’t kill them with his own hands, but he ordered their deaths.
You know the tale that Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland? There were never snakes in Ireland. Priests and Priestesses of the Celtic pagan religion had snakes tattooed on their arms. Patrick didn’t rid Ireland of an animal, he murdered an entire religion.
And that is why I’m not wearing green today.

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