1st Thessalonians 5:21-23 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC (born 6 April 1926) is a politician and former church minister from Northern Ireland. As the leader of theDemocratic Unionist Party (DUP), he and Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness were elected First Minister and deputy First Minister respectively on 8 May 2007. Paisley retired from religious ministry on 27 January 2012.
In addition to co-founding the DUP and leading it from 1971 to 2008, he is a founding member and was Moderator for 57 years of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. In 2005, Paisley's political party became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, displacing his long-term rivals, the Ulster Unionists (UUP), who had dominated unionist politics in Northern Ireland since before the partition of Ireland.
On 4 March 2008 Paisley announced that he would step down as First Minister and leader of the DUP after the US-Northern Ireland Investment Conference in May 2008. Peter Robinson took over as DUP leader on 31 May 2008, and replaced Paisley as First Minister on 5 June 2008. Paisley was made a life peer in theDissolution Honours List of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, ennobled on 18 June 2010 as Baron Bannside, of North Antrim in the County of Antrim.
Part 1 http://www.noiseofthunder.com/noise-of-thunder-radio-show/2012/11/25/notradio_112612.html
Part 2 http://www.noiseofthunder.com/noise-of-thunder-radio-show/2012/11/27/notradio_112712.html
I had thought for a long time that Ian Paisley was a member of the Royal Arch Purple Degree. But it turns out his sash is not purple, it is crimson which means he is in fact a member of the lowest degree of the Loyal Orders of Northern Ireland. Namely the Apprentice Boys of Derry, which claims to have no Masonic connection. But if you take a look at the evidence I have presented bellow I'm sure you will see that the Apprentice degree of any Masonic organisation is still membership of a Satanic cult, even if they try there very best to make it sound Protestant to the outside world. It is still surrounded by occult Masonic symbolism and rituals. In the above two picture of Ian wearing his Masonic ABOD sash you can see that he has gone up in rank within that secret order over the years by the amount of occult medals and ribbons he has hanging from his sash when he is an old man compared to when he was younger.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Introduction Link to source article.....
This alternative guide to the Loyal Orders is an attempt to fill a gap, a gap in information about semi-secret organisations which have played a major role in the history of Ireland and a gap in understanding as to why a significant number of people have a problem with those organisations. Few outside of the Orders are aware of the structure, history and development of the organisations concerned. The first part of this Guide offers a basic outline.
A second theme of the Guide is the controversy surrounding contentious parades and the political role of the Orders, past and present. A chronological history of parading disputes in the nineteenth century puts the current issue into perspective. Parading disputes are as old as the Orange Order itself. Those involved in community relations work speak frequently of perceptions, opinions about others that are based on a false premise . We would argue that the history of political involvement by the Orders is based on hard fact not perceptions. An insight into the political role of these organisations allows for better understanding of why many people have a genuine problem with that most public manifestation of Orangeism, the parade. The Orders focus on the cultural and religious roles that they fulfill and the need to defend civil and religious liberties. There can be no doubt that the Orders are religious, cultural and social organisations who have a right to parade. Their political involvement however has often served to deny civil, religious and political liberties to others.
Understanding why others have a problem is the first step on the road to solving that problem.
Each year on the Twelfth the media devote extensive coverage to a series of parades which take place throughout the North of Ireland. Mention is made of the carnival atmosphere, the spectators along the route, family groups picnicking on the grass at the end of a long day and the sheer colour of it all. The majority of the parades are organised by the Orange Order, a benign religious and cultural organisation according to its supporters. A sectarian and deeply political organisation according to its detractors. But what is the Orange Order? Membership is restricted to male Protestants who must fulfill the following:
Qualifications of an Orangeman
"An Orangeman should have a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father; a humble and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, believing in Him as the only Mediator between God and man. He should cultivate truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, devotion and piety, concord and unity, and obedience to the laws; his deportment should be gentle and compassionate, kind and courteous; he should seek a society of the virtuous, and avoid that of the evil; he should honour and diligently study the Holy Scriptures, and make them the rule of his faith and practice; he should love, uphold, and defend the Protestant religion, and sincerely desire and endeavour to propagate its doctrines and precepts; he should strenuously oppose the fatal errors and doctrines of the Church of Rome, and scrupulously avoid countenancing (by his presence or otherwise) any act of ceremony of Popish worship; he should by all lawful means, resist the ascendancy of that Church, its encroachments, and the extension of its power, ever abstaining from all uncharitable words, actions or sentiments, towards his Roman Catholic brethren; he should remember to keep holy the Sabbath day, and attend the public worship of God, and diligently train up his offspring, and all under his control, in the fear of God, and in the Protestant faith; he should never take the name of God in vain, but abstain from all cursing and profane language, and use every opportunity of discouraging these, and all other sinful practices, in others; his conduct should be guided by wisdom and prudence, and marked by honesty, temperance, and sobriety; the glory of God and the welfare of man, the honour of his Sovereign, and the good of his country, should be the motive of his actions."
Candidates must be proposed by a member of a lodge (under law 84) and promise among other things to:
at all times conform to the Laws and Ordinances of the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland, and will at all times recognise and support the authority of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
I promise that, if admitted a member of this Lodge, I will always show due respect to the Worshipful Master and other Officers, and will endeavour to conduct myself as a Brother ought towards all members of the Lodge and of the Brotherhood, and that I will always observe and never knowingly violate, the By-Laws of the Lodge.
I was born at ................... in the county of ...................... of Protestant parents, was educated in the Protestant faith, and have never been in any way connected with the Church of Rome. My wife is a Protestant/I am unmarried..
Structure of The Orange Order in the World
The Orange Institution world-wide is headed by the Imperial Grand Orange Council of the World, which is recognised as the supreme court of the Orange Order. It has the power to arbitrate disputes between, but not within, Grand Lodges, unless invited by a Grand Lodge to do so. The Council represents the Grand Lodges of Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, "and the West African states of Ghana and Togo" (Kennedy (ed.) 1990, p.26).
Each of the Grand Lodges has its own organisational structure. The structure of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland is as follows;
There are some 1400 private lodges in Ireland , each with its own warrant number and history (Jarman and Bryan 1995:7). " Some lodges are based upon location, a particular village or district, or even upon an area where people used to live, such as lodges in Belfast that connect to the counties of Fermanagh, Tyrone or Donegal. Others are based upon occupations or even specific places of work "(Jarman and Bryan 1995:7-8). Lodge meetings may spend six months discussing what type of sandwiches should be made for the Twelfth and the next six months discussing whether the right choice was made. On the other hand local lodges are ideal vehicles for political mobilisation. At this level lodges have been involved in letter writing campaigns on behalf of the UDR four and other campaigns. Many of the submissions received by the Police Authority during their much vaunted consultation period were from local lodges.
Each private lodge has a number of elected officers including the Master, Deputy Master, Secretary, Treasurer and Chaplain. The lodge organises the lodge banner and local parades and church services as well as organising to go to the Twelfth parade.
Each private lodge elects six representatives to the District lodge, of which there are 126 in Ireland. Each District lodge has its own elected officers who look after the District Orange Hall and the private lodges within their district as well as organising parades at a district level.
A district lodge will then send 7 to 13 delegates to one of 12 County Grand Lodges, each of which is said to have its own character.
The Grand Lodge of Ireland is made up of 250 representatives from the County Lodges and other elected Officers. The structure of the Grand Lodge is as follows:
Total membership - 373
The Central Committee draws three members from each of the six counties of Northern Ireland plus two each from Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan and one from Leitrim. In addition it includes, The Grand Master, the Vice-Chairman, Deputy vice-chairman, 2 Assistant Grand Masters, Grand and Deputy Grand Secretaries, Grand and Deputy Grand Treasurers, Past Grand Secretary, 4 Assistant Deputy Grand Secretaries, Grand Lecturer, convenors of Education Committee and Press Committees, Legal Assessor, Executive Officer (ex-officio) (Wilson (ed.) 1995, pp.12-13).
The Central Committee makes policy recommendations to the Grand Lodge and issues press and public statements on matters of public concern.
The Grand Committee is elected from the counties and " deals mainly with the application of the rules and regulation in terms of [internal] discipline"(Wilson (ed.) 1995, pp.12-13). There are also committees on finance, education, press, Rules Revision, the Orange Standard, publications and specialist committees such as the ad-hoc group on the Framework Document.
The Grand Lodge, which has been referred to as a "semi-elected, unaccountable cabal" having a "backward and unenlightened attitude to women" (Wilson (ed.) 1995, p.3) meets several times a year with representatives of the Ulster Unionist Party with which it has had formal links since the end of the 19th century. The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland is entitled to send delegates to the Ulster Unionist Council and the leader of the Unionist Party, David Trimble, is himself an Orangeman. Of late the pressure group, the Spirit of Drumcree has criticised the perceived lack of democracy at Grand Lodge level and the domination of the top tier of the organisation by members of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Jesuit IHS Symbol
Orange Order Ihs as see in the above video
The standard estimate of membership of the Orange Order is put at around 100,000. The real figure may be around half that number. Before looking at the various estimates it should be pointed out that the Grand Lodge itself appears unsure of how many members are 'on the books'. At the meeting of the Spirit of Drumcree group in the Ulster Hall in 1995 one speaker, advocating the creation of a bank for Order members, made reference to "43,000 members" (Report to Half-Yearly Meeting, 9.12.1995, p.14). A recent article in the Irish Times refers to "50,000 active Orangemen" and "around 80,000 men" (5.4.1997). In a study for the University of Ulster Jarman and Bryan speculate that "in recent years membership has probably shrunk to nearer 40,000" (Parade and Protest,p.6). The June 1997 issue of the Orange Order's monthly newspaper (the Orange Standard) states that "hundreds of new brethren have been initiated into the ranks of the Orange Institution during the past six months" and puts this down to a trend "which has been evident since 1990" when the Tercentenary of the Order was celebrated. There has been speculation of a 'Drumcree factor' leading to an upsurge in membership. This may account for the growth noted in the Orange Standard. Less well publicised has been the negative consequence of the Drumcree stand-offs. Hundreds of older, more conservative members are believed to have allowed their membership to lapse in the wake of the controversies surrounding parades. Confronting lines of riot-clad RUC officers in the Battle for Drumcree was not what they had in mind. Ironically the Order has its origins in another confrontation, the Battle of the Diamond.
Battle of The Diamond
'Official' accounts of the 'Battle of the Diamond' vary considerably (Murdie et al, 1993: 29, McCourtney 1995: 11-13, Brown 1995: 5-9, Sloan 1995:27). Its significance in Orange history is that it was the catalyst for the formation of the Orange Institution.
The background to the Battle of the Diamond is the land disputes taking place in counties Down, Tyrone and Armagh at the end of the eighteenth century (Brown 1995, p.7). Land disputes at the time were often, but not always, sectarian in character. In south-eastern Armagh clashes between Defenders and Peep o'Day Boys were commonplace. It is understood that the Defenders were an armed society of Catholic peasants and the Peep o'Days "reckless Protestants [who] took it upon themselves to disarm them". They did this by raiding Catholic houses at dawn (Brown 1995:7). The Defenders had also been in conflict with government troops and with 'volunteers' raised by the Lieutenant of Armagh Lord Charlemont, both of which were deployed to enforce a ban on "Roman Catholics [from] assembling in arms" (Brown 1995:8).
At the time of the Battle of the Diamond the Defenders were gaining in strength and numbers with their influence extending across several counties. In a broader context the stakes had been raised by the outbreak of war between Britain and Revolutionary France. For the Protestants of Armagh there was an increasing sense of threat from Defenderism (Brown 1995, p.8).
The spark for the battle came in the form of a dispute over a cock-fight between one Dan Winter, innkeeper, spirit grocer and loom owner, who was a "noted Peep o'Day Boy", and some local Defenders, in the Spring of 1795 (Murdie et al 1993, p.29, Brown 1995, p.5). Dan Winter's cottage is located near Loughgall, at the Diamond Crossroads, which is strategically overlooked by Faughart Hill to the south and Diamond Hill to the north. Skirmishes that summer between Peep o'Days and Defenders culminated in some 3-400 Defenders taking Faughart Hill on the 20th of September. They were opposed on Diamond Hill by 200 Peep o'Day Boys, 'Orange Boys' and their allies, many of whom are said to have been members of the volunteers. Dan Winter along with his sons and some others stayed to defend his cottage in the valley below. A truce and agreement to withdraw, negotiated by local notaries and Catholic priests, was broken by Defenders who had come from " Crossmaglen, Co. Monaghan and Co. Louth" (Murdie et al 1993, p.29, Soan 1995, p.27). The Defenders attacked at 5 am on Sept 21, setting fire to Dan Winter's thatch roof and pursuing him up the steep slopes of Diamond Hill from where they were repelled by their opponents superior organisation and firepower (Murdie et al 1993, pp.29-30, Brown 1995, p.9). The Defenders were chased from Dan Winter's cottage and off Faughart Hill. The arrival of Militia from Portadown and soldiers from Charlemont prevented their being chased further (Murdie et al 1993, p.30). The battle caused one Protestant man to be injured and over 40 deaths on the Catholic side (Brown 1995, p.9, Sloan 1995, p.27). The victors returned to the smouldering remains of Dan Winters Cottage where they founded the Orange Society, the organisation that was to become the Orange Institution (Murdie et al 1993, pp.29-30, Brown 1995:9, Sloan 1995, p.27).
Royal Black Institution
The Royal Black Perceptory ( Imperial Royal Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth ) was established in 1797, in the aftermath of the 1795 Battle of the Diamond. It was founded "... for the preservation of the Protestant religion, and to serve as a bulwark against insidious attempts of the opponents of liberty [sic]." (Sir Knight Norman Stronge, Bart., former Sovereign Grand Master of the Imperial Grand Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth. Cited in Gardiner, 1993).
The Black's history is closely tied to that of the Orange Institution. It has not always been recognised by the Institution. There have been periods when the Black degree, upon which the Preceptory is based, was banned by the Orange leadership, because membership of it "... offered routes to power which those in the Grand Lodge found difficult to control" (Jarman and Bryan 1996, p.10). The Royal Black Perceptory separated officially from the Orange Institution in 1819-20 (Mundie et al 1993, p.76). It was reconstituted in Portadown in 1846, (Sloan, Gardiner 1993) with the formation of the Imperial Grand Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth.
The headquarters of the Grand Black Chapter are at Brownlow house in Lurgan, described as the largest Orange Hall in the world. (Sloan ) The Royal Black organises in Perceptories, equivalent to Orange Lodges (Jarman and Bryan 1996, p.11). Its members are referred to as "Sir Knight" (Jarman and Bryan 1996:11, Sloan , Gardiner 1993). Orange brethren must have passed the Purple Marksman degree of the Orange Institution in order to be eligible for membership of their local Preceptory (Buckley and Kenney 1995:177). Membership of the Black in other words is restricted to those who are already members of the Orange.
The Black holds 'Processions', as opposed to Orange 'Parades'. The most famous of its annual events is the 13 of July re-enactment of the Battle of the Boyne, at Scarva (Sloan, Gardiner 1993). Another significant date for the Order is 'Black Saturday' at the end of August when parades are held.
The Black Institution is less overtly political than the Orange. In common with the Purple its regalia and banners display mainly Old Testament imagery (Jarman and Bryan 1996, p.11, Buckley and Kenney 1995, p.178). The Black is also less likely to hire the more controversial 'blood and thunder' bands when on parade. "The Black Institution is ... best understood as reflecting the more middle class, rural, religious, respectable, even elite, elements of Orangeism. It is the more conservative face of the Orange and of Unionism" (Jarman and Bryan 1996, p.11). Though the political influence of the Black has traditionally been less discernible than that of the other Loyal Orders it should not be underestimated. When the Stormont Prime Minister Brian Faulkner made a number of concessions to nationalist demands in a frantic bid in keep a sinking ship afloat in 1971 he felt obliged to go, with his ministers, to Brownlow House in Lurgan, headquarters of the Black, to explain the concessions (Coogan, 1995, p.124).
The Royal Black Institution has for its motto, written under a Christian cross, the Constantinian edict "In hoc signe vinces" (" In this sign [the cross] you conquer") (Buckley and Kenney 1995, p.178). Members of the Black have included Westminster MPs the most famous of whom is James Molyneaux, former leader of the Ulster Unionists who is the Sovereign Grand Master. The Royal Black Institution currently has 536 perceptories in Ireland, 27 in England, 62 in Scotland and others in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and West Africa. As the 21st century approaches it vows to maintain "... the Protestant cause and the fostering of friendly relations among people of a common heritage...." (Sloan, Gardiner 1993).
FORM OF ADMISSION FOR CANDIDATES INTO THE
Imperial Grand Black Chapter of ... the British Commonwealth ...
(Instituted in Ireland 1797)
To the Worshipful Master and Members of the Royal Black Perceptory No. ......... holding a warrant of the Grand Black Chapter of Ireland, and working under the ...... Chapter of ......
I am a Member of and in good standing in Loyal Orange Lodge No. Holding a Warrant of the Grand Orange Lodge of ...... and respectfully make application for admission into the Black Order, and to membership of Royal Black Perceptory No. .....
I promise that if admitted a member of the Royal Black Order that I will always conduct myself in a manner becoming the dignity of the Order, and I will never knowingly violate the Rules of the Grand Black Chapter or the Bye Laws of the ..... or District Chapter under whose jurisdiction the Preceptory works.
I voluntarily and unreservedly subscribe the qualifications as follows:-
I am able to read and understand the Rules of the Grand Black Chapter.
I believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as held by the Established Churches of England and Scotland.
I am over 19 years of age, and have received the Archpurple Degree at least six months. I am not, nor have not, been a member of any other Association professing to be of the Black Order.
I was born of Protestant Parents, who were in no way nor at any time connected with the Roman Catholic faith, and I was born in wedlock.
Married? and my wife is a Protestant.
I have not to my knowledge or belief been proposed in, rejected by, or expelled from any Preceptory.
Royal Arch Purple Order
Probably the least known of the Loyal Orders, the Royal Arch Purple, like the Orange Institution and the Black, traces its origins back to the time of Battle Of the Diamond (1795) (Mundie, Cargo and Kilpatrick 1993,p.9). Although the Royal Arch Purple Order wasn't constituted at the same time as the Orange Institution, it sees itself as a guardian of some of the old traditions which gave rise to that organisation. Its main purpose, say Mundie et al, is to maintain and pass on intact "the old system", in other words the rites and traditions of the pre-1800 Orange Society. The Orange Society, and later the Orange Institution, took their rules from those of the Boyne Society, which had originally been established by Williamite veterans of the Battle of The Boyne (Mundie et al 1993, pp.10, 32, 38). Essentially, the Royal Arch Purple is the third degree attained within the system of degrees in Orangeism.
There is some suggestion that the Old Testament themes and emblems of the Royal Arch Purple are borrowed from those of the degrees of the Freemasons (Mundie at al 1993: 200, Buckley and Kenney 1995, p.178).
The Royal Arch Purple has never existed independently of the Orange Institution, though its status within the Institution has not always been clear (Mundie et al 1993, pp.5, 203). In 1817 a Grand (Orange) Lodge general meeting in Dublin appointed a committee to regulate the status of the Purple Order (Mundie et al 1993, p.9). It is understood that the three original degrees (of seniority) of the Orange Ritual were amalgamated sometime around 1799 into the degree of Purple Marksman (Mundie et al 1993: 38). The Royal Arch Purple Degree was devised in 1802 to replace the degree of Purple Marksman (Mundie et al 1993, pp.58-9). Sometime around 1812 the Royal Arch Purple Order began convening Chapter meetings based on local Orange Lodges and drawing its members from those Orangemen who had passed the Royal Arch Purple Degree (Mundie et al 1993, p.135).
The Royal Arch Purple Order was banned in 1820 by the Orange leadership (Mundie et al 1993, p. 157). Despite this it persisted, even when the Grand Lodges of Britain and Ireland were banned by Parliament in 1836. Its membership rules were printed in an 1846 issue of the Belfast-based Protestant Journal, and it was reconstituted in 1911 under the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland. Although it is now tolerated, it is still not officially recognised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and still has no permanent headquarters (Mundie et al 1993, p.162). The Purple holds only a small number of church parades in its own right (Bryan and Jarman 1996, p.14).
Joining the Purple tends to be seen today as an intermediate step toward joining the Royal Black Preceptory (Buckley and Kenney 1995, p.178). To pass the Purple Degree, an Orangeman must wait at least six months after having passed the first Degree of the Orange Institution, the Orange, after which a member will pass on to the second degree, the Plain. The ritual of initiation into the Purple Degree is still regarded as the most elaborate and terrifying within the Orange Order (Buckley and Kenney 1995, p.177). It is known that the ceremony involves the firing of a pistol loaded with live rounds though it is unclear whether this custom continues. There has been one fatality and a number of injuries recorded over the years ( Mundie et al 1993, p.160).
The Royal Arch Purple has 1215 Private Chapters (equivalent to Orange Lodges), 121 District Chapters and 13 County Grand Chapters in Ireland (Mundie et al 1993, p.160). The Grand Master as of 1993 was the Most Worshipful Kenneth Watson.
Junior Loyal Orange Lodge
The Junior Loyal Orange Lodge existed in one form or another since the 1880s but it was not until 1925 that a more formal association came into being. Membership is open to boys between the ages of eight and 16 at which stage it is presumed that they will pass on to the senior lodges. Many however drop away at this stage having fulfilled their parents wishes. Young boys and men are more likely to be attracted to bands rather the Order itself. In theory the JLOL is a separate entity since 1974 and one of the Loyal Orders in its own right though in practice it is doubtful if the Junior Brethren would ever paddle their own canoe. An estimate of possible members has been put at a 'couple of thousand'. A holiday home exists for junior members in Donaghadee.
Women's Loyal Orange Lodge
The Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland was founded in the middle of the last century. Formally the Women's Lodge is another of the Loyal Orders but in essence women have been delegated to making the tea and sandwiches on the Twelfth. Officially the "Sisters parade when written invitations from the Brethren have been received and approved by Women's Grand Lodge". (Steadfast, p.41) In effect women were not welcome on parade until the Tercentenary in 1990. The influx of foreign lodges, complete with marching women, to the Twelfth parades that year forced the Grand Lodge of Ireland into a tactical retreat on the issue of women on parade.
Apprentice Boys of Derry
The Apprentice Boys of Derry Club, precursor of the present organisation , was founded in 1814. The principle aims of the organisation are to commemorate the two principle events of the siege of Derry which began in 1688, the closing of the Gates by the Apprentice Boys in December and the Relief of the city in August. The commemoration of these two events remains the focus of the Apprentice Boys of Derry and have been marked in some form or manner since the late 17th century.
The headquarters of the organisation is the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall near the city walls in Derry. This is the only place where new members can be initiated, a ritual which usually takes place before the two parades in December and August. The structure of the organisation is centred around eight parent clubs, six of which are named after leaders of the besieged city.
Baker, Browning, Campsie, Mitchelburne, Murray, Walker, the Apprentice Boys of Derry Club and the No Surrender Club.
Some 200 branch clubs exist in Ireland (North and South), Scotland, England and Canada. Each of these branch clubs is both established through and affiliated to one of the eight parent clubs. They are also linked through the Amalgamated Committees, eight of which are in the North of Ireland, one in Scotland and one in England.
The overall organisation and management of the Apprentice Boys is firmly in the hands of the General Committee which is made up of 44 members. The structure of the General Committee is such that the order's membership in Derry has ultimate control over any decisions.
The Apprentice Boys publish a quarterly newsletter titled "The Crimson Banner". It carries organisational news and political opinion pieces, including articles from DUP and UUP elected representatives. No issues of the newsletter have been published as of late.
The 'Boys' were officially affiliated to the Ulster Unionist Council of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1911 through to the mid-1970s. At that point, their connection with official unionism was broken, reflecting the fractured nature of unionism and, in particular, the growth and influence of the Democratic Unionist Party. The Rev. Ian Paisley (who is not a member of the Orange Order) is a member of the Apprentice Boys of Derry along with a number of other unionist politicians such as the UUPs Ken Maginnis, MP.
Cross membership between the Apprentice Boys and the other Loyal Orders is common and is reflected in the fact that both the Orange Order and the Royal Black Institution have rooms within the Apprentice Boy's Memorial Hall.
The organisation as of late stresses the cultural aspects of its commemorations. Like the other Loyal Orders it has in fact been deeply involved in the politics of this island for many years. The present Governor of the Apprentice Boys is Alistair Simpson, a local man from the Fountain Estate in Derry.
The Apprentice Boys estimate that they have about 12,000 members, but it is thought that the figure may be closer to 9,000.
Apprentice Boys of Derry Masonic Crimson Lodge
Wicker man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicker_man
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A wicker man was a large wicker statue of a human allegedly used by the ancient Druids (priests of Celtic paganism) for human sacrifice by burning it in effigy, according toJulius Caesar in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentary on the Gallic War).
In the modern world, wicker men are used for various events. The figure has been adopted for festivals as part of some neopagan-themed ceremonies, without the human sacrifice element.[dead link] Effigies of this kind have also been used as elements in performance art, as display features at rock music festivals, as thematic material in songs, and as the focal point of a cult British horror/mystery film, The Wicker Man. Much of the prominence of the wicker man in modern popular culture and the wide general awareness of the wicker man as structure and concept is attributable to this film.
Independent Orange Order
The two individuals who influenced the formation and early development of the Independent Orange Order when it was formed in 1903 must have made a strange combination. One, an evangelical preacher called T.H.Sloan, was expelled from the Orange Order after he had criticised it for being "soft on Catholicism" (Lyons, 1973, p.296) while the other, a Dublin based journalist called Robert Lindsay Crawford went on to frame the famous Magheramourne Manifesto "which attempted to lift the new movement out of sectarian politics" (ibid, p.296). The manifesto was sufficiently different in its appeal to workers and tenant farmers to bring about a working alliance of Labour, nationalist and independent Unionist candidates in Belfast during the 1906 election. The brief flirtation of the Independent Order with class based politics didn't last long and by 1908 the imperative of defending the Union had brought the IOO back to the Unionist fold where it has remained firmly ever since.
The evidence of its independence is still visible in that the IOO is not formally aligned to any of the Unionist parties. That said the DUP has influence within the organisation and the Rev.Ian Paisley is invited to speak at the Independent Twelfth which is held in the North Antrim area. He is not a member. The banners carried on the Independent parades tend to "offer a fundamentalist version of Ulster history." (Jarman, 1997, p.171) Independent Orange Lodges have seen a "small growth" in Portadown and other areas thought to be related to internal problems with the Grand Lodge. (Bryan &Jarman, 1996, P14) Membership figures, based on the annual parades, would suggest that the organisation has several thousand members.
In Scotland a dispute over support from lodge members for loyalist paramilitaries in the 1980s led to speculation that "a number of lodges may secede to the more militant Independent Orange Order" (Bruce, 1992, p.164).
The Deputy Grand Master of the Independent Orange Order in the Mid-Ulster area announced in December 1996 that there "was strong support among the Independent Orange Order for the picket of masses at Harryville" in Ballymena. Roy Ferguson confirmed that members of the IOO had been present at the protests though they were not wearing their collarettes. Speculating that it would be up to local lodges to make a decision on joining the protest the Deputy Grand Master attacked another member of the IOO, Pastor David Mc Conaghy who had distanced the organisation from the weekly pickets which frequently led to confrontation with the RUC and intimidation of mass-goers until Saturday evening masses were canceled in June 1997. He added that, in his view ,the Catholic Mass was wrong under the Westminster Confession of Faith (Irish News, 20.12.1996). The Grand Lodge of the Orange Order has condemned the protests and the Unionist Mayor of Ballymena has shown solidarity with worshippers by his physical presence outside the chapel.
Parades - The First Hundred Years Click this link to continue reading........
Evangelical Truth response to
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Ian Paisley's Political career
In the above video clip you can hear Big Ian make the statement from his pulpit that he doesn't have an army yet in the bellow video clip you can see his 15,000 strong paramilitary arm call the the Third Force of which he call them "MY MEN" and admits that he has them under orders to kill.
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Early activism and paramilitary involvement
Paisley's first political involvement came at the 1950 UK general election, when he campaigned on behalf of the successful Ulster Unionist Party candidate in Belfast West, the Church of Ireland ministerJames Godfrey MacManaway. Inspired by MacManaway's blend of unionism and Protestantism, Paisley joined independent Unionist MP Norman Porter's National Union of Protestants, but left after Porter refused to join the Free Presbyterians.
Paisley was among those invited in 1956 to a special meeting at the Ulster Unionist Party's offices in Glengall Street, Belfast. The meeting's declared purpose was to organise the defence of Protestant areas against anticipated Irish Republican Army (IRA) activity, in the manner of the old Ulster Protestant Association after the partition of Ireland in the early 1920s. The new body decided to call itself Ulster Protestant Action (UPA), and the first year of its existence was taken up with the discussion of vigilante patrols, street barricades, and drawing up lists of IRA suspects in both Belfast and in rural areas. The UPA was to later become the Protestant Unionist Party in 1966. Factory and workplace branches were formed under the UPA, including one by Paisley in Belfast'sRavenhill area under his direct control. The concern of the UPA increasingly came to focus on the defence of 'Bible Protestantism' and Protestant interests where jobs and housing were concerned. As Paisley came to dominate Ulster Protestant Action, he received his first convictions for public order offences. In June 1959, a major riot occurred on the Shankill Road in Belfast following a rally at which he had spoken.
Paisley, along with Noel Docherty established the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee, which in turn established the paramilitary organisation Ulster Protestant Volunteers on 17 April 1966 at a parade in the Shankill area of Belfast Paisley went on to establish another paramilitary group, Third Force, on 1 April 1981. Another paramilitary group, Ulster Resistance, was established by Paisley in 1986.
In 1964, his demand that the Royal Ulster Constabulary remove an Irish tricolour from Sinn Féin's Belfast offices led to two days of rioting, after this was followed through (see Flags and Emblems Act – the public display of any symbol, with the exception of the Union flag, that could cause a breach of the peace was illegal until Westminster repealed the Act in 1987). Paisley's approach led him in turn to oppose O'Neill's successors as Prime Minister, Major James Chichester-Clark (later Lord Moyola) and Brian Faulkner.
In 1969, he was jailed along with Ronald Bunting for organising an illegal counter-demonstration against a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh. He was released during a general amnesty for people convicted of political offences.
Matthew 5:10-13 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ian Paisley in an Ulster Resistance beret at a rally, British Occupied North of Ireland, 1987
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The above video is the fruit of Big Ian Paisley's violent political rhetoric and leadership of the Loyalist movement in Northern Ireland.
"I say to the Dublin government, Mr Faulkner says it's "hands across the border to Dublin". I say, if they don't behave themselves in the South, it will be shots across the border!"
Dr Ian Paisley
The bellow videos show the proof of Paisley's connection to paramilitary terrorist organisations and his incitement to violence.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Kincora Boys' Home
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The scandal first came to public attention in January 1980 after a news report in the Irish Independent. On 3 April 1980 three members of staff at the home, William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains, were charged with a number of offences relating to the systematic abuse of children in their care over a number of years. All three were later convicted and jailed. Mains, the former warden, received a term of six years, Semple, a former assistant warden, five years and McGrath four years.
(my note: Tara was also connected to Ian Paisley and McGrath was a member of the Free Presbyterian Church along with most of the other members of this terrorist organisation.)
Allegations were later made that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been informed of the abuse at the home for years previously, but had not moved to prevent it. In his 1999 book The Dirty War, Martin Dillonclaims that McGrath may have been employed by MI5 since the 1960s. The tabloid press then linked the home with a whole series of establishment figures without any evidence being provided.
Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church which he founded in 1951, was accused of failing to report the fact of McGrath's homosexuality to the relevant authorities although he initially denied ever being advised by his informant, a church member, Miss Valerie Shaw, that McGrath worked in a boys' home. McGrath was himself married with children. Paisley later gave more versions acknowledging learning from Miss Shaw about McGrath's homosexuality.(my note: citation is given by the video above)
During this time, it is alleged by satirical magazine Private Eye, high-ranking members of the Whitehall Civil Service and senior officers of the UK military were involved in the sexual abuse of boys in Kincora..