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The Orange Order - An Irish Christian Liberal Democracy within the United Kingdom and the National Government of Ireland Act

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Michael Gillespie • July 2006

It is understood in the Act that in an Irish Christian Liberal Democracy the Church and State are separate, the Churches having no authority over the State and the State having no authority over the Churches, but that the Irish clergy respect and abide by Irish State Law.

On that understanding the Orange Order has two options:

  1. The Orange Order can declare that its membership is restricted to Protestants only. In that case, the Act should declare the Orange Order to the Church and therefore restricted to hold Orange Order Parades on Protestant Church territory only. The order will be restricted to parade with Protestant emblems and not with Irish State emblems. In the Act, King William is recognised a King, both State and Christian. In that case, the Orange Order will be forbidden to parade banners of King William on Protestant Church territory.
  2. If the Orange declares that it is State and Christian, the following should follow in the Act:
    1. The Order should be defined in the Act as the Royal Orange Order of Ireland
    2. The 12th of July should be declared as a National Christian holiday in Ireland. The Act should recommend that the 12th of July celebrations be attended by the Crown Irish, The Secretary of State for Ireland, The Taoiseach, The Leaders of the four Provincial Houses, and The Heads of the four Christian Churches (These acting as observers). The annual Orange celebration should rotate among the cities of, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway, in that order.
    3. Church Services attended the Orange Order when acting in an official capacity as Orange men and women should be ecumenical in nature.
    4. The Act should confer on the Royal Orange Order of Ireland the Crown Irish special right of access to Irish territory in all its aspects unhindered.
    5. The Act should confer on all Irish citizens the Crown Irish special right of access to membership of the Royal Orange Order.
    6. The Act should permit the display of both State and Christian emblems when the Orange Order is parading.
    7. The Act should stipulate as necessary that an Orange lodge must appoint four chaplains each coming form each for the four Churches named in the Act as Christian
    8. When an Orange badge is parading publicly the Act should stipulate as necessary that the Orange lodge be proceeded by four Clerics indicated as Christian each wearing an Orange sash and each having made the Orange promise.
    9. The following is suggested as the Orange promise, taken on becoming a member of an Orange lodge: "I promise to be loyal to the Crown Irish and uphold and promote such loyalty in the community and in the Irish Nation. I promise to uphold civil and Religious liberty and to promote such liberty in the community and in the Irish Nation. I promise to be law abiding and peaceful and to promote peace and lawfulness in the community and in the Irish Nation. I promise to be Christian in belief, moral outlook behaviour in religious practise and in speech and promote Christianity in the community and in the Irish Nation."
    10. Under freedom of mind, freedom of will, freedom of speech, freedom of choice an Orange member is free to join a political party of his or her choice and stand for election in either a National or Provincial election. The Act should recognise King William and King James as both being State and Christian. The Act should recognise the battle of the Boyne as an ancient battle fought a long time ago between two Christian kings over the nature of the State. The Act should recognise bonfire night.
    11. Under freedom of behaviour the Act recognises the Mock battle of Scarva. However the Act stipulates as necessary, that in alternative years, the roles of King William and King James be enacte alternatively by a Catholic or Protestant member.
    12. The Act stipulates as necessary that the Crown Irish representation be placed in a prominent display in an Orange Hall.
    13. The Act should recognise the bible as a Christian text which is both Church and State and can be displayed and interpreted in a Christian manner anywhere on Irish territory. If a denominational interpretation of the bible is being given such an interpretation is restricted to Church territory.
    14. Under freedom to plan and build, the Orange Order is free to erect an Orange Hall anywhere on Irish territory.
    15. Since St Patrick's day has been declared a National Christian holiday in Ireland the Royal Orange order is free to take part in St Patrick's day celebrations anywhere on Irish territory and in the United States of America.
    16. What has been Stated for the Royal Orange Order should apply equally to the Apprentice boys of Deny, the Royal Black Preceptory, the independent Orange Order and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
    17. If Orange lodges from Scotland or elsewhere are to parade on Irish territory, such parades are subject to the National Government of Ireland Act.



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See Also:
Article 1: Democracy
Article 2: The Way of Life
Article 3: The Crown Irish
Article 4: Rights, Freedoms
Article 5: The Legal Profession
Article 6: Government Politics
Article 7: Religion
Article 8: Policing
Article 9: The Army, the Navy and the Air Force
Article 10: The Orange Order

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