orangewalk2Text of an email sent by Mick Doherty to Falkirk Council regarding their decision to not only allow, but to subsidise an Orange Walk in Falkirk District.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to enquire as to which Councillors were present, and who voted in favour of subsidizing the Orange Walk. I assume that these are not classified records and may be freely shared with members of the public.

If you could please send me the voting tally and also a list of contact info (email addresses will do) of our Councillors, so that I may write to them personally, I would be very grateful.

As a lifelong citizen of Grangemouth in Falkirk District, and incidentally also a lifelong Rangers supporter who was raised Protestant, I am deeply shocked and appalled that Falkirk Council would, in these days of Westminster enforced austerity, with cuts to vital services happening constantly, vote in favour of subsidizing what is, at its core, a celebration of religious bigotry!

We hear from our supposed leaders all the time about how we need to stamp out sectarianism, not just in our sports, but in our society as a whole, and then our councillors vote in favour of not only allowing such an inherently divisive and sectarian walk, but also to subsidize it!

By doing this you are not only tacitly approving sectarianism, you are also alienating those sections of our society that this blatant display of religious bigotry is aimed at!

I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter at your earliest convenience.

Yours Sincerely,
Michael Doherty


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