Tonight, someone sent me a link to what at first seemed like a tedious, irrational idiots discussion on a gutter fan forum about what the difference is between someone shouting FTP and someone else shouting FTQ.
This, of course, is exactly the sort of thing that occupies their days and nights, seeking moral justification through equivalence for the filth and degeneracy in their own heads.
At first I thought it was simply the usual nonsense, a discussion between semi-literates with a handful of brain-cells between them, rattling on about double standards and invented grievances.
There is, after all, a mega-thread on that site which consists of members posting their replies to a demented letter-writing campaign targeting MSP’s, to have the word hun deemed sectarian by Scottish Parliamentary vote.
As if our political class had nothing better to do than indulge such lunacy.
Many of these poor sods have had dozens of emails from these goons, and that’s just the ones who are publicly posting details of them.
Imagine being an elected official in this country and having to deal with these muppets and their bigoted obsessions day after day after day?
As it turns out, there was a good reason my friend sent me that thread, and I got to it on the second or third page; these clowns have spent the last 24 hours writing to Football Against Racism Europe, accusing us of sectarianism.
Football Against Racism Europe doesn’t concern itself with sectarianism.
Their concern is actually in their name.
It’s no surprise these clowns haven’t figured that out.
It certainly doesn’t concern itself with the kind of stuff these tiny minded morons are asking them to consider right now; Republican singing.
They don’t recognise that.
They don’t recognise any part of reality that clashes with the nonsense that’s in their own heads.
FARE, who heard all this before when they were condemning the old Ibrox club for actual racist singing – the Famine Song – were, themselves, targeted by these same Peepul at the time.
They understand the sub-culture over there better than those goons think.
But this is an example of why we all need to be on our toes, all the time, continuing to self-police and keep ahead of any problems before they arise.
Our fans have a great reputation for combating racism, sectarianism and all forms of bigotry, but it requires constant refinement and a constant effort on our part to keep this stuff out of our stands, and whereas some clubs and their supporters get complacent and lazy or, as is the case over there, just don’t give a shit, we keep on working hard.
There are some who accuse us of thinking we’re on a higher moral plane than others; they are right, because we are.
I have never been shy about expressing that.
There are no “two sides of the coin”: we’re not, as Celtic has publicly said, two sides of anything, we stand alone and the psychology (psychopathy might be a better word) of our neighbours is sometimes seen as the reason why, but that’s erroneous as well.
Because we don’t behave responsibly and ethically just to spite them, or because it’s some kind of mirror image of what they are.
No, we do it because our fans get that there are some things for which there is no defence or justification and that there are ideas and ethos’ which don’t belong in the civilised world.
We have been the victims of racism, we are the children and grand-children of immigrants, so we get the moral side of this; our adherence isn’t just about keeping us out of trouble, and that’s one of the blind-spots over there, one of the many.
They will, at times, force themselves to behave, because of fear of the consequences … but that means never having to confront their behaviour on the basis of what’s right and what’s wrong.
They are reporting to us to football’s anti-racism body not because we’re sectarian or racist but because they are.
Because this is another form of attack against our club’s Irish identity, and whilst I don’t personally believe that Republican singing belongs inside Parkhead, as I’ve said before, I recognise this tactic of theirs for its distinct smell.
It really is amazing how many ways they have to hate.
An earlier version called FARE Fans Against Racism Europe … thanks for those who pointed out my mistake.