Catholics Attack U.K. Forces in N. Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland

SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Writer

July 12,2004

Catholic hard-liners attacked British soldiers and police Monday after daylong parades across Northern Ireland by the Orange Order, the province's major Protestant brotherhood. No serious injuries were reported.

In north Belfast, rows of troops and riot police prevented direct clashes between passing Orangemen and the Catholic residents of Ardoyne, a power base for the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

But as soon as the Protestants had paraded past, Catholic men and teenage boys surrounded several parked army jeeps with soldiers inside, smashed the windows, and tried to tip them over.

Riot police armed with shields, clubs and flame-retardant suits intervened and mobile water cannons were used to drive back rioters, who had also hurled objects into the passing parade. The Protestants picked up and fired back some of the objects.

1Th 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good.

Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  

What are their religious leaders teaching them? [Certainly, not the Word of God]

"We came under a fairly continuous hail of missiles," said Chris McGimpsey, a moderate Protestant politician who was among about 200 Orangemen marching back to their north Belfast lodge.

Senior officials from Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party, implored rioters to calm down and back off, but to little avail.

Sinn Fein official Gerry Kelly said Catholics were furious that police allowed about 400 supporters of the Orangemen to walk past Ardoyne. [Did that physically hurt them?] British authorities had intended to require the supporters to take vehicles home, but relented when the Protestant crowd threatened to block a major road instead.  Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Meanwhile, in the towns of Antrim and Greysteel, stone-throwing Catholics attacked two buses carrying Orangemen and musicians home. Several people aboard one bus reported suffering cuts from shattered glass, but no serious injuries were reported.

Oba 1:15 The day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Rom 2:5 After thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

Why aren't their leaders coming forth publicly? [ALL of them]

Tts 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.

The evening violence overshadowed a peaceful day of mass demonstrations by Orangemen, who each year commemorate "The Twelfth," Northern Ireland's most divisive holiday, with parades despised by many Catholics. [and so, every year...they provoke]

The holiday, observed each July 12, commemorates the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. On that day the forces of the newly crowned Protestant king of England, William of Orange, defeated a rival army loyal to James II, William's deposed Catholic rival, in a river valley 70 miles south of Belfast.  Which is senseless:

Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Jhn 12:35 Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. [second death - There was a death that reigned already} Rom 5:14 ]

The annual parades feature Orangemen in suits and bowler hats, teenagers and young men playing fife and drum in so-called "kick the pope" [rude behavior.  Also - the Scripture Commands all -- "Call no man upon the earth your 'Father'.  Pope means 'papa' in Italian] bands. Thousands of Orangemen also travel from nearby Scotland to participate. [It's Ironic... to hear a Muslim address the Catholic leader as.... 'Pope'  Isn't it?]

At 18 rallying points across Northern Ireland, Orange leaders read declarations proclaiming the group's loyalty to Queen Elizabeth II and steadfast opposition to ecumenical contact with Catholics.

Orangemen "deplore the way in which the teachings of our Protestant reformed faith are being denied, eroded and undermined by those Protestant ministers who have aligned themselves with the Church of Rome," said the group's declaration on religious faith.

Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The Twelfth this year got off to its traditionally rowdy start, with hundreds of bonfires constructed of pallets, old furniture, scrap wood and tires being lit at midnight.

In Belfast, heavy-drinking crowds cheered as bonfires decorated with hate symbols - chiefly Irish flags and election posters for Sinn Fein - burned speedily to the ground.

Some masked gunmen from outlawed anti-Catholic paramilitary groups fired handguns and submachine guns into the air.

Representatives from two rival gangs, the Ulster Defense Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force, read statements vowing to defend Protestant areas from IRA attacks. The displays demonstrated that, although all three groups are supposed to be observing cease-fires, they remain armed and organized in defiance of a 1998 peace accord.

"We are better prepared now than at any time in the past," declared one masked UDA man to cheers. "It's still no surrender to the enemies of Ulster, no matter where they may be."

Most businesses closed Monday as Orangemen paraded for two hours through central Belfast. Each lodge carried a hand-painted banner depicting biblical events, Northern Ireland political and religious leaders from the past two centuries, Belfast industrial achievements such as the construction of the ill-fated Titanic, and the order's dominant symbol: a British crown atop an open Bible.

One Belfast lodge produced the parade's first-ever float - a model of a sailing vessel symbolizing the mass emigration of Ulster-Scots people, mostly Presbyterians, to North America in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Psa 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

1Jo 2:27  Ye need not that any man teach you.

Jhn 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, [if the Word of God abides within you] and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  

Isa 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail.