Rev. Angus Stewart
Those loyalists who rioted in various parts of N.
Ireland in the middle of September (2005) are guilty of hypocrisy and
They claim that they merely want to march on the
Queen’s highway, but when this is refused they block Her Majesty’s roads
with burning vehicles and throw stones and petrol bombs at her forces.
They give off about IRA terrorists, but they engage
in terrorism themselves with masked men, shots being fired at the
police, 50 injured officers and wanton destruction of property, with all
the misery this brings to young and old, women and children. These
loyalists object to the early release of IRA terrorists, yet by their
criminal activity they themselves also deserve imprisonment.
They complain about Jesuits (with their
end-justifies-the-means ethic) stirring up Republicans on the Garvaghy
Road, yet they resort to hi-jacking cars and throwing missiles in order
to intimidate the civil authorities and gain their ends.
Their slogan is "For God and Ulster." But how do
images of street riots and burning vehicles help Ulster? Moreover, the
God they claim to serve says, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher
powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God" (Rom. 13:1) and "Thou shalt not kill" and "Thou shalt
not steal" and "Love thy neighbour.''