djrez4 wrote:Simplification, yes. Oversimplification? I don't think so. The line that divides the ethnic Irish from the English is very similar to the Catholic/Protestant line. It's inappropriate to disregard the creation of the Church of England and split from the Vatican and the rift that created on the British Isles.
If you are looking at it from an Anglocentric perspective, then the discussion of Anglicanism is relevant. From the Irish (or Scottish or Welsh) perspective, it's never been a religious issue, but rather an ethnic issue. Getting back to the Scottish vote, it has nothing to do with the English and Anglicanism vs. Scotland and Presbyterianism. It does have everything to with the fact that poll after poll shows the Scottish consider themselves Scottish first and British second in contrast to England where they see themselves as British first and English second.
And yes, when you say "The split happened long ago because of the divide between Catholics and Protestants" that is an oversimplification. No one would say the animosity through the centuries between England and France is "Protestant vs. Catholic." The fact that the two (traditionally) have different religions is only part of the differences between the two ignoring ethnic, historical, and linguistic differences dating back well before the reformation.
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