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Orange painting is offensive for different reasons

You report (News, November 10) that "only six people have complained" about the Joe McWilliams painting in the Ulster Museum's RUA exhibition. That figure has now risen to seven.

Having read and heard much about the "offensive" painting, I decided to personally view it.

I was, indeed, offended - but for different reasons. Firstly, I was offended by the title 'Christian Flautists ...' as the behaviour portrayed in the painting did not reflect any Christian virtue.

I was also offended that the representation of the Orangemen observing this event did not reveal the faces of Nigel Dodds MP, whose lodge engaged the band, and Nelson McCausland MLA - both of whom were present.

Having said that, the painting itself is a wonderful, colourful representation, which captures the ethos and tension of the event which has now, sadly, gone down in history as a demonstration of raw sectarianism.


(Author, The Orange Order: A Tradition Betrayed)

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