Surveys comparing people's ideas about sectarianism with their actual day-to-day personal experience show that the perception of sectarianism is much stronger than its occurrence in reality, and that the city's problems with health, education and social exclusion are of much greater daily concern to most Glaswegians.
Deaths and serious assaults have been directly linked to sectarian tensions within the city. Many of these have occurred either before or after Old Firm football matches. The murder in 1996 of Mark Scott, a Celtic fan, by Jason Campbell, caused outrage, and as a result the anti-sectarianism charity Nil By Mouth was formed.
But in reality, less than 1% of 1% of murders in Scotland over nearly two decades had any sectarian motive- and those that did were the result of football allegiances not religion or ethnicity.
In 2004 and 2005, sectarian incidents reported to... Read More