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« Reply #7: November 28, 2009, 10:11:04 am »

There could be something in the lit. that says it but in general Id say the opinion youre coming across is an expression of how protective Irish people are of their native culture. Here being born in Ireland doesnt make you Irish you have to work hard to become a part of the culture before you can make that claim. To outsiders Americans, Canadians, British people etc... claiming to be Irish because their grandparents came from here looks like they are taking Irish Culture too lightly to be respectfull. Ive lived in North America so I know its a cultural issue and I dont think that anymore, but I used to.

What erinnightwalker and the rest of us have discussed seems to be this angle taken to extreme and unnecessary measures, bordering on racism. It's certainly understandable to want to protect your native culture from misappropriation. To make it clear that only by approaching culture with respect and "working hard" to become a part of it is actually a big part of reconstructionism in general and something to be considered. There's no need to have patience for people who become "Irish" for St. Patrick's Day and claim their right to be a part of it.

However, there is no place for people in the twenty-first century who say that no one outside of the Irish culture has any chance or right of worshipping and developing a relationship with the Irish gods just because they aren't Irish. And though the details are fuzzy in my memory, the guy whom we described seemed to have exactly that attitude.
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