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Decommissioning Will Reveal Real Problem
Refusal to Accept Equality

Father Sean Mc Manus, Press Release • 27 September 2005

Capitol Hill. Tuesday, September 27, 2005 — The final decommissioning of the IRA arsenal will help reveal to the world what has always been at the heart of the problem in Northern Ireland.

That is how the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus has reacted to the IRA initiative. Caucus president, Father Sean Mc Manus, said: "Northern Ireland came into existence in 1920 for a twofold reason — to ensure England would continue to have a foothold on the island of Ireland, and to ensure Unionist/Orange supremacy in the new artificial state. In this way, British interests were secured, and Catholic inequality guaranteed."

Fr. Mc Manus further explained: "The problem has always been about the British Government militarily backing up that sectarian, undemocratic entity. Now that it appears, under Tony Blair, the British government is no longer interested in being identified with a sectarian regime, there is a chance for the word to see clearly the remaining problem: Unionist reluctance to accept the concept of equality with Catholics. That is now the issue, and there's no way of denying it."

"But Tony Blair must do something else," Fr. Mc Manus emphasized.

"To show his Government has abandoned all sectarianism. He must immediately remove the 'constitutional' basis for all Orange bigotry and sectarianism: the anti-Catholic section of the Act of Settlement of 1700, which is still in force today. Under this ridiculous, but malicious, Act, a Catholic is forbidden by law to become the King or Queen, and that if the Monarch converts to Catholicism or marries a Catholic s/he forfeits the Throne and 'the people are absolved of their allegiance'."

"That would be similar to the U.S. Constitution having a provision that would outlaw an African-American becoming President or marrying a Black person. And if the President were to marry a Black person his election would be declared null and void by the Constitution."

"It is, therefore, this wretched Act of Settlement that is ultimately behind all anti-Catholic bigotry in Northern Ireland because it provides Protestant/Orange extremists with motivation and justification. If the very top law in England, the Queen's own law, declares Catholics cannot be Monarch, therefore it follows Catholics are inferior, and, therefore, cannot be equal to Protestants."

"And the sad thing is that British Prime Minister Tony Blair, until now, has blocked all efforts to change this horribly anti-Catholic law because, 'it would be too much paper work and too expensive'!"
























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27 September 2005

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