I wish I could find the original thread, but I can't. Let me just say that the use of the word "Paddy" to describe an Irishman or the use of "St. Paddy's Day" rather than St. Patrick's day is a slur against the Irish and anyone of Irish descent. The secular culture we live in celebrates "St. Paddy's Week" at many pseudo-Irish establishments. The use of "Paddy" is as obnoxious as using the phrases, " I was gypped!", or " You welshed on the bet!", or "I jewed him down", or "I n-----ed rigged the car to get it to work." Just because you know people who say "Paddy" and you know that they are not prejudiced against the Irish, does not mean that their use of this derogatory term is acceptable. The name of the Isoapostolos St. Patrick should not be dragged down to "St. Paddy" by anyone who professes to be Christian. The term "Paddy' should not be acceptable.
"...but this was the imagery of racial colonialism at the time of Victoria's accession, dividing humanity into a ragtag taxonomy of species and subspecies in which "Paddy" stood beside the Fedayeen or Aborigene, just above the apes on the "monkey chart." (from "The End of Hidden Ireland:Rebellion, Famine, & Emigration"
by Robert James Scally,Oxford University Press, 1995.)
A blessed Holy Week to all.