A parade by a republican band named after an IRA terrorist was given permission to march through the streets of Glasgow at the weekend.

So whilst the Orange Order has faced stiff resistance, legal battles and threats of arrest from Glasgow City Council and the Police, a terrorist supporting parade was given the ‘green’ light.

Rather than turning up to stop the parade taking place, the Police devoted resources to facilitating the parade.  At one point, the parade refused direct orders from the Police to take a different route and took to the streets directly outside a Roman Catholic church.

It beggars belief that a law abiding organisation such as the Orange Order faces stiff opposition from Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland, but Irish republican parades can take place in Glasgow under the banner of known IRA terrorists.  Not only does this smack of bigotry against the Protestant community in that it is one rule for us, and another for everyone else, but a parade such as the Republican parade from the weekend is an affront to all faiths.

The terrorist that this republican band was named after is known for murdering both Protestants and Roman Catholics alike.  We doubt that the parishioners who heard this parade take place outside would have any sympathy for this group, and would be as disgusted as we are that a parade like this is allowed to take place in Scotland.

What isn’t a surprise however, is the silence from the City Council, the Police and the many politicians that usually line up to criticise LEGAL Orange parades. Whilst an Orange parade can lead to a succession of news articles and derogatory comments in the local newspapers, there was very little reporting of this IRA supporting event.

What isn’t a surprise either is the silence from the republican supporting Call it Out group or the pious priest, Canon White.  They are usually the first to condemn an Orange parade, but seem to have gone radio silent this week.

All we ever ask for is to be treated fairly. It is clear that isn’t happening. The clear bigotry that exists against the Protestant community continues.