Thursday, July 6, 2017

Orange Order denies viciously anti-Catholic “Famine Song” is racist

Glasgow City Council chiefs have told the Orange Order that their right to march in the run up to July 12 is “not absolute.” Police are currently investigating sectarian singing during Saturday’s (July 1) Orange Order parade in Glasgow to mark the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. Video footage of the parade shows people singing the banned song, “The Famine Song,” which is deemed offensive, outside a Catholic church. The song’s lyrics urge people to leave Scotland because of their racial origin. Some of the lyrics include “The famine's over, why don't you go home?” The song – sung to the air of the Beach Boys hit "Sloop John B" – was branded racist by a Scottish court in 2009. It’s estimated that about 4,500 people and 63 bands attended Saturday's Orange Order parade. Police are now investigating the following footage and have made clear that the Orange Order’s right to march is “not absolute.” They have stated that restrictions or bans will be introduced in the future considering this anti-social behavior. Easy to laugh at the sheer absurdity of all of this but the sanctioned and approved anti-Irish racism on display here needs highlighted. 10:58 AM - 2 Jul 2017 4,125 4,125 Retweets 4,508 4,508 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy In the aftermath of the parade a senior member of the Orange Order in Northern Ireland spoke to Radio Ulster saying that he’s sure this song, which was played outside a Catholic Church, was not meant “to cause offense.”

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