FW, your citation is quite funny.
.... so there was this English visitor in Northern Ireland, dropped into the local pub one evening and got talking with the regulars (I guess this happened out in the country somewhere, rather than in Belfast, where things might have become a little more ..... shall we say heated?). The conversation turned to matters of religion.
"So, then," someone asked the newcomer, "What are ye then? Are ye a Catholic or a Protestant?"
"Well, neither, actually," our hero replied. "I'm an atheist."
"All right then, but are ye a Catholic
atheist or a Protestant
It seems to me that, if you can find the answer to that
question, you have achieved total enlightenment, and have earned the right to step forever off the Wheel of Karma.
Or, to put everything into its true perspective; as any Irishman worth his Old Bushmills would say, when pressed for a definite answer to a question; "Well, it is and it isn't."
It is perhaps not generally known that the venerable sage Mullah Nasrudin, whom the Sufis insist on claiming as their own, was actually an Irishman from Donegal.http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/mulla-nasrudin.htm
It was my good friend Patrick Declan O'Malley, the Seer of Burtonport, who told me this. He was drunk at the time, but he was very insistent, and who am I to call him a liar?