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I remember we had two families of Jehova's witnesses in primary school and our only gripe with them was that they were allowed to play computer games when we had to go to assembly!Jockiescott, I hear you, I really do. It's still one of those problems I still can't get my head around no matter how hard I try. But clearly a huge one where you live. I grew up watching the 'Troubles' on TV Why don't I understand it? I grew up in the East Coast of Scotland where we were taught in multi faith schools. Sectarianism just never, ever featured.
Rather strangely for my time at Secondary school, 40 years ago, I had a Pakistani mate and a black one, as well as the 'general' mix of Jewish, Catholic, C of S and a strong Brethren influence.
Other than the strange practice of the Brethren kids being taken out of class if we were being shown anything on TV, everyone else just mucked in together and were friends.
I was very fortunate where I grew up. While you would have encountered and seen sectarianism in the town or the bigger housing estates, my wee housing estate was great. There were only 24 houses in it and it was almost a 50/50 mix. Everyone just played football or cricket and went to fish together and religion was never mentioned.
Even today, if there's a wedding or a funeral the respective churches are just filled with locals, regardless of religion.