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D) while ETA was not religious, IRA clearly WAS and IS
Define religious.

IRA laid claim to being Catholic, but I don't remember them ever quoting the bible or parading staues of the Virgin Mary.

If you look at ETA's history, they are also a mixed bag. The early ETA fighters (it was not yet called ETA then) claim the Virgin Mary appeared to them and encouraged them to take up arms for the Basque cause. If that isn't a religious foundation, I don't know what is. In the early days the Basques were nationalist and pretty right wing and there was even a German-inspired National Socialist movement in the Basque country for a brief period. The Basques switched to the Republican side in time for the Civil War when they realized the Spanish Nationalists were not open to discussing Basque independence.
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