A thought occurred to me yesterday (St. Patty's Day). We have this holiday that's ostensibly to celebrate the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Even though it's evolved into more than that, that IS the "reason for the season" where St. Patrick's Day is concerned.
Now, ok, Jesus I can understand. I mean, Christmas and all that. Yeah, if I thought some dude got his ass beat down and murdered to save me, I'd wanna celebrate him too! But this so-called "Saint" Patrick, I just don't get.
The man basically invaded Ireland, found that Druidry was the dominant religion there, and proceeded to lead to fucking holy war against them! The great "saint" Patrick slaughtered thousands and thousands of Druids! In fact, he mostly wiped them out and even what little survived of the Druids didn't last. Even though Patrick didn't completely annihilate them, he *almost* did and managed to deal the killing blow just the same.
"Saint" Patrick was the Irish Hitler. Here on these interwebs, people all too frequently use Hitler as a synonym for any type of evil they see, but in this case I think it's appropriate. He was to the Druids what Adolf was to the Jews. And, in fact, was more successful with his genocide (theocide?) than Hitler ever dreamed!
Let's stop for a minute and examine what he attacked. Who were the Druids? During that time in Ireland, they were a very spiritual people who, yes, were pagans and thus theists, however they were also the teachers, scholars, and scientists of their day! The smartest men around. NO WONDER A CHRISTIAN WANTED THEM DEAD!
Druidry did make a come back, sometime in the mid 19th century and is still around today, but modern Druidry is pieced together from what little is known of the ancient Druids. And even then, modern Druidry is quite a good deal different! For one thing, in today's world Druidry is not a religion, unless you chose to make it so. There are Christian Druids, but there are also atheist Druids (and I happen to be one of those, which is perhaps why Patrick pisses me off!). Modern Druidry is a "take it or leave it" situation when it comes to the religious side. Druidry, in modern times, is a state of mind and a "path you walk" not a religion. If not for Patrick, ancient Druidry may well have evolved into this anyway, and likely centuries before most other wise men had figured it out.
So I have to ask: Why the fuck do we celebrate this asshole? Even though the celebration is more about Irish culture/heritage nowadays, it still bears his name! Would we as a people tolerate the celebration of German culture in the form of "St. Adolf Day" where you get pinched if you don't wear your swastika?!