A Tour in Ireland (1776-1779) (Dodo Press) Paperback – Dec 1 2008
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UPDATE: Writing more than two hundred years ago, Arthur Young exposed an evil that is not entirely a thing of the past, a piece of history, long buried, only to be dug up out of an old book that nobody reads these days. True, Arthur Young's “A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779” is an old book. True, in that old book, Arthur Young did write about things as they were back then, in his time, which no longer exists. It is also true, however, that the evil Arthur Young wrote about so long ago – to wit, the distinctly religious oppression of Irish Catholics – persists. Indeed, to this very day, the same old evil, in brand-new clothes, rears its ugly head. I say so, because I know so. And I know so, because, quite recently, I experienced it myself – up close, personal, and live! – when a "born again" neighbor (of the Billy Graham persuasion) aggressively pressured me to substitute his religion for my religion, the Irish Catholic religion, which is also my deceased parents' religion. So, yeah, I perk up my ears, and I listen, riveted with rapt attention, when, from across the ocean, and across the centuries, I hear the bell of religious liberty ringing in the voice of Arthur Young, as he calls upon the oppressor to “respect even those prejudices … that are imbibed as sacred rights, even from earliest infancy.”
CAVEAT EMPTOR: Good as the latter quote is, I cannot find it on the kindle edition. I highly recommend Arthur Young's "A Tour in Ireland." But I cannot, in good conscience, recommend the kindle edition.