Twenty years ago Steve Bruce, Professor of sociology at Aberdeen University, published No Pope of Rome, the first serious social-science study of sectarianism in Scotland. In the Scotsman he looks at how things stand today – Beware the myths that tarnish ‘sectarian’ Scots – and concludes that the best parallel for the experience of the Irish Catholic community in Scotland was not the enduring conflict of Northern Ireland but the successful integration found in the United States.
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