(quote) Tracey-574123 said: In northern Ireland the Protestant faith is predominately Presbyterian not Anglican.
I think the main issue is that Obama and almost everyone else in the world keeps blaming religion. It has ZERO to do with whats happening in Belfast. Obama is just spouting the same song and dance that religion is the issue there and nothing else . They count on ignorance. Did anyone research the Northern Irish conflict before posting? no
the tactic works and keeps working.
So here is what really happened. England had conquered Ireland and many other places in the world by making shady deals with unsavory characters at home and abroad. Unwilling to fufill the promise of land to these bad sorts in their own country they granted them land in the beautiful by wild emerald isle. To this day they are bound by some of these promises as some had term including time and descendants. Most chose land in no. Ireland. that is why to this day the no. Irish are stuck with it and the other portion is free.
The native Irish happen to be Catholic. This provided a way to in essence kill two birds with one stone. Belittle Catholicism and the Irish all at the same time.
The Irish don't hate anyone. They just want to be able to be Irish in Ireland.
The bible warned us that the real battle was against princes and principalities.
Actually, we are both wrong.
As of 1993 the breakdaown of the Population in Northern Ireland by religious affiliation was:
Roman Catholic 35%
Free Presbyterian 1%
Other Protestant 2%
All others 11%
As is obvious from the above, no religious denomination can claim a majority of the population as members. The largest single body if the Roman Catholic Church with Presbyterians in second place 10 but 10 percentage points behind the Catholic church. Anglican/Episcopalian in third place but by its affiliation with England probably enjoys the position as the official church if such a thing exists.
Since all non Catholic Christian Churches are considered Protestant Churches, one can say the majority of the population of northern Ireland is Protestant.
Your statement that the Northern Ireland problem (not just Belfast) is more than religion is accurate, but your description of the history involved, and by implcation other lands that England conquered is, to say the least, extremely fanciful.
Interesting side note, only 60% of Northern Ireland Catholics are interested in seeing a reunification with the rest of Ireland.