A symbolic debate…

ON Let’s Talk tonight, Free Presbyterian minister Rev David McIlveen suggested (during a debate on British Airways banning staff openly wearing religious symbols) that Christians did not have to wear a crucifix to profess their Christianity. Rev McIlveen disagreed with the BA decision, but to I wonder how his congregation would react if his argument was applied to politics. Is it essential for unionists to openly display symbols to ‘prove’ they are British? It’s not a one-sided argument either, as republicans also demand ‘recognition’ regarding symbols, but at what point does ‘display’ or ‘pride’ become ‘offence’ or ‘taunting’ in Northern Ireland? Or is this really about the insecurity felt by those who invest so much in symbols?

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