“cast out the beam of thine own eye (before) the mote of thy brother’s eye”.

Gerry Adams has responded to the Orange Order’s refusal to meet with Sinn Fein at a leadership level with an open letter to the Order carried in the Belfast Telegraph (though currently access only to the related story.) In the letter, he quotes from the King James Version of the New Testament whilst making the obvious hypocrisy charge regarding the Order’s stance on refusing to talk to republicans ahead of an apology for Order members killed during the conflict. As Adams points out, Orange Order members were killed by other armed groups, as well as doing a share of the killing through membership of other organisations, with numerous ‘Orange loyalists’ celebrated by many Lodges in banners and through the contracting of paramilitary-aligned bands for their parades.