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Blame Orange Order But Buck Stops with British Crown

Father Sean Mc Manus, Irish National Caucus • October 18, 2004

In light of the acute embarrassment that David Trimble's membership in The Orange Order has caused Ronald Lauder and other potential donors to the Ulster Unionist Party, it must be made clear that it is ENGLISH LAW ITSELF that is the root cause of the Orange Order's historic anti-Catholic bigotry. It is the Queen's very own law — the Act of Settlement of 1701 — which STILL TODAY governs who can become the English Monarch.

"We cannot in fairness just blame the Orange Order when the foundational English law, The Act of Settlement 1701 — the law that provides the moral and political justification for all Orange anti-Catholic bigotry in Northern Ireland — is still the law of the land today," explained Father Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus.

"That law forbids a Catholic from being the Monarch and if the Monarch marries a Catholic or converts to Catholicism, the people are 'absolved of their allegiance'*."

"So how can we blame the Orange Order if we do not first demand that the Queen of England and the British Government lead the way in rejecting this inherently anti-Catholic law? It would be like having an American law which states that no black person can be President of the United States."

"Yet when British Prime Minister Tony Blair was urged to change this archaic (but in Northern Ireland fully resonant) law, he said it would take too much time and paper work."

"The buck stops with the British Establishment. This stupid Law has deadly and pernicious effect in Northern Ireland. While the average Englishman couldn't care less about this ridiculous Law, in Northern Ireland it provides deadly ammunition to anti-Catholic bigots. But the British Establishment — Church and State — cannot run and hide from this Law. They must repeal it."

* "... And it was thereby further enacted, that all and every person and persons that then were, or afterwards should be reconciled to, or shall hold communion with the see or Church of Rome, or should profess the popish religion, or marry a papist, should be excluded, and are by that Act made for ever incapable to inherit, possess, or enjoy the Crown and government of this realm, and Ireland, and the dominions thereunto belonging, or any part of the same, or to have, use, or exercise any regal power, authority, or jurisdiction within the same: and in all and every such case and cases the people of these realms shall be and are thereby absolved of their allegiance..." (Act of Settlement 1701, still in force today.)

















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