Mar 172011

By Daniel Mallett

My daughter, through no impetus of mine, calls “Saint” Patrick’s Day “Leprechaun’s Day” instead.  Ah, the wisdom of babes. I’m all for any excuse to hang out, party, and drink beer.  But using the name of this proselytizer of Christianity to party will not be on my agenda for the day.  Ireland knows all too well the poison of religion.  Let’s not celebrate the person who helped make possible some of the worst religious induced violence the world has known; and who contributed to the destruction of ancient European paganism. So by all means raise a glass of green beer, and remember that there is as much evidence for Leprechauns as there is for Yahweh!