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I DISAGREE with Tom Cooper (Letters, January 20) regarding retention of the Angelus on television.
Superficially, it is entirely harmless but it is exclusively associated with the Catholic church and not with Christianity in general. If we are serious about our constitutionally expressed desire for Irish unity by consent, then purely Catholic symbolism on the national broadcaster, seven days a week, is not helpful.
While the bible encourages prayer, there is no biblical precedent for a call to prayer at a particular time each day. God is considered to be available for such contact at any time and in any place.
I think this issue impinges on the wider matter of religious symbolism in general. Surely we should be more identifiable as Christians by our behaviour rather than by the wearing of crucifixes and gestures like “crossing” oneself. I cannot see that either of these, in itself, advances us one step on the way towards heaven.
In certain circumstances, in certain places, they are a cause of friction and put people at risk of serious harm. I think the French government was right to attempt to prevent the display of individual religious artefacts and identifiably religious forms of dress – though this needs to be applied equally across society.
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