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alanjjohnstone
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RIP RIP

RIP is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase requiescat in pace, or rest in peace.

  The Orange Order has advised its members and all those who consider themselves Protestant to stop using the phrase RIP to offer sympathy after a person has died because it is un-Protestant, un-biblical and a superstition connected to Catholicism. The Orange Standard, the organisation’s newspaper, said the phrase was an “illustration of spiritual confusion within Protestant circles”. Wallace Thompson, secretary of Evangelical Protestants Northern Ireland, said: “From a Protestant point of view, we believe that ... when death comes a person either goes to be with Christ for all eternity, or into hell ... that’s what we believe the gospel to be... when death comes that decision [on whether you go to heaven or hell] has been made and no decisions are made after death,” said Thompson." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/29/orange-order-protestants-told-not-to-use-rip-as-it-is-catholic-superstition How should socialists mark the demise of a comrade with respect? What should we say or write to offer our sympathies?

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ALB
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It's also a source of confusion in Socialist circles. We should not use it either.

rodmanlewis
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alanjjohnstone wrote:

RIP is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase requiescat in pace, or rest in peace.

How should socialists mark the demise of a comrade with respect? What should we say or write to offer our sympathies?

Perhaps avoid the usual cliches such as "after a long battle with..."; "with sorrow"; "much missed" etc.

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Perhaps to give a brief overview of their life, particularly how they were influenced by socialism, and to say our sympathies are with their family. The person who has died will neither know nor care.

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I can think of no better tribute than:

"Once a red. Now sadly dead."

;-)

Major McPharter
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Maybe popped their clogs.

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