The Inconsistency of Intolerance

Maura Jane Farrelly

in Papist Patriots

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199757718
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932504 | DOI:
The Inconsistency of Intolerance

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One of the many tragic layers to sectarian violence – past and present – is the reality that the fighting occurs between people who are not strangers. They are married to one another and descended from one another. They know and love one another and worship the same God, even as they kill and maim one another and destroy each other’s property. This chapter explores the daily reality of Protestant-Catholic relations in eighteenth-century Maryland. Although the fear of Catholicism in colonial America was real, that fear did not always manifest itself in Maryland as a fear of actual Catholics. This distinction is crucial to any explanation of why Catholics joined forces with a group of people who used anti-popery to justify a break from Britain, or why Protestants who fulminated about the “tyranny of popery” gave Catholics a place at the table in their revolt.

Keywords: sectarian; marriage; relations; fear; anti-Catholicism; popery; anti-popery

Chapter.  11186 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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