Recent reports of religious ‘hate crime’ against Catholics in Scotland have heightened social anxieties – yet such claims are unconvincing when a broader historical and sociological view is taken. Whilst anti-Catholicism was one key marker of Scottish Protestantism for several centuries after the Reformation, in more modern times it declined rapidly and significantly. Few Scots now have the desire, nor the wherewithal, to undertake sectarian discrimination. In this chapter we review the historical decline of anti-Catholicism and examine some of the (now substantial) evidence on religion in the social structure and in social experience. These suggest a Catholic community now firmly in the mainstream of Scottish life – and an anti-Catholicism firmly at the margins.
|Title of host publication||Anti-Catholicism in Britain and Ireland, 1600–2000|
|Subtitle of host publication||Practices, Representations and Ideas|
|Editors||Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille, Geraldine Vaughan|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700–2000|
- social change