The title of Chris’s piece below on the eminence of the Marching Season put me in mind of Brian Kennaway’s Rite and Reason slot in the Irish Times yesterday. He notes, “The Orange institution has often been maligned by those who are not only opposed to its ideals but to its very existence. Much of this criticism arises out of a lack of knowledge if the order’s principles, but some is a result of malevolence. It is difficult, humanly speaking, to deal with criticism which arises out of malevolence, for ‘the problem at the heart of man is man’s heart'”. Away from the hyperbole of current affairs, Roy Garland examines the nature of the religion/culture split pointed up by Kennaway in his book.
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