Conscience Clause Protects the Founding Principles of Ulster Protestantism: Jamie Bryson

Conscience Clause Protects the Founding Principles of Ulster Protestantism


I have followed the Asher’s bakery case with interest. I believe that the entire case was contrived and maliciously set up by those seeking to promote an aggressive gay agenda that seeks not equality, but instead to have gay rights trump the right to freedom of conscience.

Those who campaign for gay rights are entitled to equality, but so to are those who strongly oppose gay marriage on the basis of deeply held religious convictions.

If one claims to be a Protestant then this entails following Biblical principles. Indeed the Ulster Volunteer Force who formed to resist Home Rule held to the words “For God And Ulster”.

The argument being put forward that introducing a conscience clause (using powers granted to Northern Ireland under devolution) is anti British, when followed through to it’s logical conclusion is simply ludicrous.

As Paul Givan pointed out on the Nolan TV show last week, the Ulster Volunteer Force formed to resist Home Rule that was to be imposed by a British parliament.

If we follow the notion that we should slavishly follow our mother parliament through to it’s logical conclusion then it would lead us to the point of saying that the Ulster Volunteer Force should never have been formed and instead the people of Ulster should have just bowed the knee to the mother parliament.

I oppose gay marriage and in my personal opinion I feel it goes against the very principles of Protestantism, and given my view that loyalism springs from Protestantism then I can only conclude that supporting gay marriage and seeking to trample over the religious beliefs of persons who wish to follow the Bible would be a gross betrayal of Ulster Loyalism.

Of course loyalism is a mixed bag and there are many who would seek to separate loyalism from Protestantism. That is all part and parcel of a broad based movement. The problem comes when you try and reconcile the founding principles of the covenant and the Ulster Volunteer Force-who formed to resist Home Rule under the banner carrying the words ‘For God and Ulster’- with a new set of principles that oppose religious beliefs. This simply does not work. It is illogical.

I support the conscience clause. There needs to be protection for those with religious beliefs. You cannot force someone to support a cause that they wholeheartedly oppose. This is the agenda of the left wing. It is verging on communism. This left wing agenda seeks to destroy centuries of noble values all under the auspices of ‘equality’.

I am no fan of the DUP, but on this occasion they are absolutely correct to try and protect those with religious convictions who are being increasingly persecuted by a politically correct agenda of appeasement.

The Courts in the United Kingdom and the European court of human rights have continually held in favour of the protection of religious beliefs. Marriage is a Biblical tradition, gay marriage is seeking to rob part of a religion they claim to oppose and make it their own. That is in itself illogical. If those who campaign for gay marriage oppose the Bible then why on earth would they want to follow the Biblical tradition of marriage which is between one man and one woman?

If those who oppose the conscience clause are genuine in their opposition then they should explain clearly how this reconciles with our Protestant culture and heritage and indeed how it reconciles with the founding principles of the Ulster Volunteer Force who fought and died in the name of God and Ulster.

Jamie Bryson


One Response to Conscience Clause Protects the Founding Principles of Ulster Protestantism: Jamie Bryson

  1. Not only well stated, but also historically factually stated, well said Jamie.
    Due to the repeated treachery and dishonesty of the Grand Old Duke of York, I have never voted DUP. The Grand old Dukes long history of betrayal with regard to Working Class Loyalism, stretched right back, from his cowardly retreat from his personally orchestrated Divis Street riots in 1964, right up to his time as the leading entertainer of the Chuckle Brothers at Stormont, with his understandably doubled over, chuckling fellow entertainer and newly found old IRA friend Marty.
    The Grand old Dukes dishonesty was never more clearly and shamelessly displayed as in 1977, after his failed attempted coup, via his own personally organised, miserable failure, of a sham Workers Strike. At the start of the coup he promised that, if the strike was a failure he would retire from politics. Needless to say , he was lying.
    Despite all this, at the up coming Westminster Elections, I am going to put Country before Party and vote DUP, to help ensure the removal of the treacherous Alliance Party from East Belfast. If the Alliance Party had been honest enough to declare in their election literature handed out around East Belfast, prior to the last Westminster Election that, they were willing to support IRA/Sinn Fein in the lowering of our democratically chosen National Standard at Belfast City Hall and that prominent members of their Party, were in fact supporters of a United Ireland, then despite the behaviour of the Swish Family Robinsons, the Alliance Party would never have won the East Belfast seat.
    The Alliance party has also gained an extra, non electorally earned, ministerial position at Stormont , IE, the Justice Ministry, which they gained under the false pretence that, they were an impartial, safe pair of hands. Their totally biased positions with regard to our democratically chosen National Standard, legal protesting and the totally undemocratic, unelected, parades and equalities commissions, is proof that their are neither entitled to, or worthy of the Justice Ministry.
    At these up coming elections it is essential for all genuine Unionist Parties and the Unionist Electorate to unite and put Country before Parties, by selecting and voting for an agreed United Unionist Candidate in all seats. If the numerous constantly squabbling Unionist Parties cant find agreed United Unionist Candidates, then it is time for them to stand aside and let the ordinary decent Loyalist Working Class decide.
    Charlie Freel.