It's pathetic how you always trot out some brainless bigotry about the Irish whenever you address me. I'd think by now you'd have realized that i don't rise to your bait.
I was not referring to the "Irish" (Setanta's reference), but to those middle and upper-middle class Catholic New Yorkers that do not represent the Irish today, as perhaps they once did. In my opinion, to set my thoughts straight, Catholics in NYC are aware of their being top dog, so to speak, in the goings on of NYC, and do not always show that humility that Jesus was famous for.
I do not know why you think my reference to Catholic New York laity refers to the Irish, since they left en masse sometime in the early 1960's. Naturally, there are Irish in the five boroughs, and the Irish Echo is still sold in many a candy store, but they are not the dominant Catholic demographic they once were. In my observations, over the last few decades, Catholics in NYC today span many ethnicities. I think my perceptions reflect the fact that I perceive one's religion as a private affair with one's supposed maker. Catholicism, in my opinion, is also a well managed world-wide organization, and I guess that degree of organization, and top down management style (aka, hierarchy) could be alienating for those that are outside its (in my opinion) chummy ways (no different, in my opinion, for Orthodox Jews not relating to secular Jews or visa versa).
Have you read Moynihan's sociology text, Beyond the Melting Pot, (he was a professor of sociology at City College, prior to his political career), where each chapter references the story of one of New York's ethnic demographics? Fun reading, I thought. So, it is not necessarily any supposed prejudice that you hear from me relating to the Irish, but an Irish intellectual that has critiqued his own demographic.
Also, one should note the title of this thread, yet there seems to be a disinclination to hear the opinion of one authentic Jew, even though I am secular. Perhaps, my supposed obnoxia could give one a hint as to "a better understanding to anti-Semitism"? But, then again, what would a secular Jew know about anti-Semitism.
What I should also add, is that the willingness for Gentiles today to discuss "anti-Semitism," is, in my opinion, an unconscious red-herring, since most folks today equate anti-Semitism with Nazis, or other race oriented philosophies. That means the people that find Jews different, or just not their kind, can relax and feel they are not anti-Semites. Wrong. They are, since the definition of anti-Semitism really is the belief that Jews are "inherently" different. So many folks believe that, and are oblivious to how deep prejudices run. Possibly because so many folks want to cling to the belief that they, in their identity, are somehow different. Not superior, but different, in a positive, nostalgic, sort of way.