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Murphy showed up at Mass one Sunday & the priest almost fell down when he saw him.

Murphy had never been to church in his life.

After Mass, the priest caught up with him & said, "Murphy, I am so glad ya decided to come to Mass.

What made ya come?"

Murphy said, "I got to be honest with you Father.

A while back, I misplaced me hat & I really, really love that hat.

I knew that McGlynn had a hat just like mine & I knew he came to church every Sunday.

I also knew that he had to take off his hat during Mass, so I figured he would leave it in the back of church.

I was going to leave after Communion & steal McGlynn's hat."

The priest said, "Well, Murphy, I notice that ya didn't steal McGlynn's hat.

What changed your mind?"

Murphy replied, "Well, after I heard your sermon on the 10 Commandments, I decided that I didn't need to steal McGlynn's hat after all."

With a tear in his eye the priest gave Murphy a big smile & said; "After I talked about 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' ya decided you would rather do without your hat than burn in Hell?"

Murphy slowly shook his head.

"No, Father, after ya talked about 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' I remembered where I left me hat."

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F.F Woodycooks said:
Walking Eagle said:
You are both mistaken. "Irish" is not a race, and never was. A nationality, yes. An ethnicity, yes, sort of. A race -- never.
don't tell an irish man that.
<Chuckle!> That might be dangerous. :)

19th century biologists tried to divide up the human race into 5 or 6 distinct subdivisions of the species, in the belief that these "races" represented natural partitions. Recent new analyses of the genomes of 53 different populations have shown that the people of Earth fall into just three genetic groups.

The African group contains the descendants of the original humans who emerged in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. The Eurasian group contains the natives of Europe, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, stopping somewhere around Pakistan. The East Asian group come from Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and thanks to the Bering Land Bridge, native Americans as well.

So. Three races of man, according to latest DNA analyses. It does no good at all to refer to the inhabitants of a single country, such as Ireland, as a separate "race", no matter how much they would like to distinguish themselves from others. DNA studies say they are wrong.

Likewise, people frequently misuse the terms "racist" and "racism" when ethnic discrimination is what they are really talking about.
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