Friday, October 28, 2005

Non-religious persecution

I see in tonight's Belfast Telegraph that four men have been remanded in custody following allegations of intimidation (to which three of the four have remained silent). Although the housing estate concerned (in Ahoghill, where else?) saw several Catholic families mobbed our of their homes recently, Detective Constable David Harper has said he doesn't think the intimidation of this man was sectarian.
Now I don't know whether the poor man is Roman Catholic, Free Presbyterian or a member of the Church of Latter Day Left-Handed Buddhists (he's rightly under no compunction to tell any of us), but intimidation is intimidation - just as evil and just as wrong whether motivated by religious hatred or some other kind of hatred. Let's not lose sight of that.


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