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Is everyone wearing their Protestant orange today? #2

Catholics wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Protestants wear orange.

A Catholic co-worker mentioned this to me a few years ago when I just happened to wear a bright orange t-shirt on St. Patrick’s Day. He called me a rebel or something. I’m Lutheran.

So now, I make a point of wearing orange on St. Patrick’s Day.

(I’ve been reposting this blog post on every St. Patrick’s Day since 2005.)

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I’m not Catholic so I never wore green; even as an Episcopalian (sorry) child we wore orange. As a Buddhist I still sometimes don orange (like today, I had on a solid orange tie), mainly to support my Protestant family and friends. It’s so funny how many Catholics are befuddled by my orange “statement”

“Where’s your green?”

“I’m not Catholic”

“Huh?”

Fortunately I noticed the people wearing green more than they noticed me wearing orange. Or they were scared of me
hard to tell.

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Unless Erik moved to Ireland when I wasn’t looking, I don’t think many people in the US — Catholic, Protestant or otherwise — would have even the beginnings of a clue about the symbolism you’re talking about here.

Even among the ones with some awareness, they’re probably not likely to want to open up those particular divisions…