Why I Meh St. Patrick's Day
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Fierce Dolan
March 2012
Contributor
Written by
Fierce Dolan
March 2012

I want to say I loathe St. Patrick's Day because I'm an Irish-descended contemporary Druid and neopagan, and the one-day annual leprechaunization of the west grates on my culturally sympathetic nerves.   I don't loathe it, though, because  I know it's no longer cool to dwell on one more holiday conscripted by a late-blooming religion that claims the day as a long-held authentic tradition.  I also know it's not cool to point fingers at the culturally appropriated when I'm at best a reasonable modern facsimile of a broken path long-strewn with confusion and misinformation--oh, and bloodshed and tears at the hands of that other religion.  You may remember from ninth grade World Cultures class the Roman and Christian destruction of druidic groves and sacred texts, the near-obliteration of an entire culture.  Thatstuff.    Or that in all seriousness--I simply don't find celebrating the memory of a saint with green beer and colcannon while professing love for a country far-removed from most of our schemas very...  spiritual.

Far be it from me.

While relevant annoyances on the topic, those aren't my reasons for ambivalence about St. Patrick's Day.  I'm nonplussed about it because St. Patrick didn't convert Ireland.  If you read Reconstructionist historical accounts, he wasn't the first Christian missionary on the isle, and Pagan culture thrived another hundred years after him.  That's not exactly a smashing success, let alone criteria for a bloody "conversion..."  More...

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