What about ending anti-Christian bias against NI Catholics?

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

I note that the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a global review into the persecution of Christians, led by the Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev Philip Mounstephen, who will make recommendations on the steps the British government can take to support those Christians under threat.

Is it not long past time that the British government ceased closing its eyes and turning its back on their own persecution of Christians in the UK?

Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland were forced to endure 50 years of sectarianism and religious discrimination, which included internment without trial, followed by suppression of demands for reform of policies which excluded the possibility of nationalists/Catholics voting themselves out of their predicament?

Perhaps one reason why the British state turns a blind eye to such naked sectarianism is the fundamentally sectarian foundations of the British Constitution itself which forbids the monarch from being a Catholic and automatically grants seats in its upper house to Anglican bishops; a strange practice in a country which prides itself on its secular and progressive outlook.

Following the ending of the WWII in Germany, an extensive body of legislation was put in place to outlaw all remaining elements of anti-Jewish culture that had grown up around the Nazi party. Is it not imperative that similar measures be introduced in Northern Ireland to deal with the endemic anti-Catholicism so prevalent in large parts of the unionist facade?

Tom Cooper, Dublin 2