PERHAPS UNFAMILIAR IRISH LORE

We do not want these people. They are poor, disease ridden, will take jobs from Americans, strain welfare budgets. They are criminals and rapists. Practice a strange religion. They send us their worst.

Sounds like Trump talking about the Mexicans coming over the border and Muslims seeking entry to the United States.

Not Trump.

The way Americans were talking about the Irish who began immigrating to the United States around 1845.

The Irish were not liked. Feared to an extent.

The Irish did not come here to be free. They came to eat.

Disease had killed off the potato fields. Potatoes the mainstay of the Irish diet. Lunch and dinner. Sometimes, even breakfast. Estimated Irish men consumed 14 pounds of potatoes a day.

They brought with them Catholicism. Feared by Americans. The Papacy considered evil. Conspiracy theories rampant. The Irish would capture women. Hold them in convents. Priests rape the women. Babies born will be strangled.

You can’t make it up.

The cry became America for Americans! Return America to what it was. Which meant get rid of the Irish.

One hundred seventy years later. The Irish are assimilated. Admired. Respected. They have succeeded in every area of society. Thirty two million strong. Ten percent of the population.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone celebrates. Everyone Irish.

The world knows St. Patrick’s story. Not all, however. I share with you an episode not well known.

St. Patrick was a child of the Fifth Century. He died this date in 461 A.D.

He had returned to Ireland. A bishop, he did all the things history attributes to him. His aim to Christianize the pagan Irish.

He was successful. Success brought with it many who were jealous of the elevated position he had achieved in Irish society. His own fellow Christians.

Women were attracted to him. He Christianized many. Some were wives of kings and others of influence. A number of the ladies left their husbands to enter the nunnery. Such not appreciated by the husbands.

Wealthy women gave him expensive gifts.

He baptized many. In the thousands. Charged a fee to perform the baptisms. Similarly for ordinations. Many became priests. He charged for the ordination of each.

St. Patrick ingratiated himself with kings and judges. A gift here, a gift there.

Sounds like a religious politico. The Christians who forced his trial thought so. They also believed he sought his bishopric with personal gain in mind.

The decision of the trial not specifically known. History rarely recorded in those days. However, St. Patrick himself in Declaration or Confessio spelled out what was required to be done by him to satisfy those against him.

St. Patrick agreed to return gifts which wealthy women had given him, stop accepting payment for baptisms, stop accepting payment for ordinations, and stop giving gifts to kings and judges.

He did. Then returned to his calling Christianizing the Irish.

Enjoy your day! Drink not too much green beer!

 

13 comments on “PERHAPS UNFAMILIAR IRISH LORE

  1. “The Irish did not come here to be free. They came to eat.”

    I imagine most economic immigrants from south of the border come here for basically the same reason. The Irish were more easily assimilated into the Borg because they were white after all, though a rather surly white at that (I can say that as I am half-Irish) so I know surly. The new immigrants are darker and some not even Christian (OMG), therefore obviously all murderers, rapists and as the President said, maybe some good people.

    “They brought with them Catholicism. Feared by Americans. The Papacy considered evil. Conspiracy theories rampant. The Irish would capture women. Hold them in convents. Priests rape the women. Babies born will be strangled.”

    Well, they almost got the Priest part right.

  2. Louis, read what lefty president Wilson vetoed but Congress got through re immigration banned in 1917 – ‘known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, the Immigration Act of 1917 was passed by congress, who overrode a veto by President Woodrow Wilson, in 1917. In addition to barring, “homosexuals”, “idiots”, “feeble-minded persons”, “criminals”, “epileptics”, “insane persons”, alcoholics, “professional beggars”, all persons “mentally or physically defective”, polygamists, and anarchists, this act barred immigration from Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East.’

    • “In addition to barring, “homosexuals”, “idiots”, “feeble-minded persons”, “criminals”, “epileptics”, “insane persons”, alcoholics, “professional beggars”, all persons “mentally or physically defective”, polygamists, and anarchists, this act barred immigration from Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East.”

      Heck, is this law had been followed we would have almost no population and the White House and Capital Hill would be empty buildings.

  3. If you liberal cunts want to go back to “the old ways” and allow anyone and everyone in, just remember that in the same set of rules women get no vote and blacks are property. Oh, things change? Yeah, they do with immigration as well.

  4. The Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Portuguese all came here and worked…..and created something for themselves. None of them wanted to be on the Dole, they wanted jobs!

  5. There is something wrong in America, in the thought process of the assimilated. Each ethnic group reaching America suffering some of the same indignities as those who came before. We faced discrimination, suspicion, false accusations and vilification. Over time we reach a certain level of acceptance, then become woven in the fabric of this nation. To bring the same injustice and indignity they had to endure to those who follow is a something I will never understand. We should strive to never forget, to never repeat, America would be a better place for it.

  6. Some come here to try for a better life and to ‘fit in’ with our culture. Some don’t want or think they have to ‘fit in’. They want to change us. I see that as a big difference.

  7. Louis, re not changing their culture when they come to USA, my front desk person from Uzbekistan is already trying to recruit me to his Sharia ways. No way, Jose.

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