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Orange Order needs to dump its sectarian baggage - Gerry Kelly

15 September, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said that the Orange Order has shown its true colours by bringing disciplinary proceedings against Ulster Unionists Tom Elliott and Danny Kennedy for attending the funeral mass of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr.

Mr Kelly said:

“By having these anti-Catholic rules the Orange Order is showing that it is clearly a sectarian organisation. Attempts by the Orange Order to rebrand itself as a cultural organisation are completely discredited while they retain sectarian rules.

“Maybe some people not affected by Orange marches will now get a sense of why Catholic/Nationalist communities object to this organisation coat-trailing its way through their areas.

“On the one hand the Orange Order claims to be for religious freedom yet on the other they continue with sectarian rules in their organisation which prevent its members from mixing with those of a different faith.

“They can’t have it both ways. It’s time for the Orange Order to move into the 21st century and dump its sectarian baggage.”

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