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mixmastergaz's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by mixmastergaz

I've no idea how it happened, but the scousers I live and work with seem to me to be a pretty secular bunch.

Don't get me wrong - they're not outspoken atheists. Mainly, people just show little or no interest in religion (unless you think of football as a religion - in which case this is the holy land and I'm the village atheist).

My partner teaches in a "Catholic" school. She tells me that few of the students practise their parents' faith (few of the parents, or the other staff at the school for that matter).

However, we do have not one but two cathedrals here, and most people self-identify as Catholic or Protestant (and then quickly add something like "but I'm not religious" - go figure).

Older colleagues tell me that it wasn't always like this, and religious colleagues yearn for a time when religious observance was more commonplace. We do still have Orange marches and the like, but most people one speaks with regard them as nutters, or "plastic Irish" (i.e. they have a rose-tinted view of Ireland because their parents, or more probably their grand-parents came to Liverpool from Ireland). I think the so-called 'plastic Irish' may account for some of the religious bigotry the article claims in years gone by, but I get the feeling that this has been exaggerated by the article's author.

Hungarian Elephant asked how we got from there to here - but I'm not sure Liverpool was ever there.

I said that most scousers will self-identify as Catholic or Protestant. But the first thing they'll say is "I'm a scouser", and it's clearly much more important to them than religion.

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:05:11 UTC | #553117