God is not only Protestant, he is an Ulsterman and a member of the Orange Order
Paisley dominated hardline unionism and his dual role as political and religious leader provided a controversial combination of anti-nationalism and anti-Catholicism
From his earliest days Paisley used religious and political intransigence to form paramilitary groups and a political party as a means to further his own career.
1984: Freddie Parkinson, a UDA leader, stated that Paisley was “a tarantula who spreads the venom of further conflict and has been a major contributor to our prolonged tragedy.”
Paisley is one of the most vicious and implacable anti-Catholic hate mongers. By the actions of his own followers he is implicated in conspiring to deprive Catholics of their lives, rights and property
Paisley,Loyalist politics and paramilitary organizations
1956-66: Ulster Protestant Action. Paisley attended the inaugural meeting of this ‘ potentially armed expression of extreme loyalism‘ which was founded at a special meeting at the Ulster Unionist Party’s offices in Glengall Street, Belfast, formerly a large warehouse and shirt factory which was destroyed by bombs.
Its aim was to defend Ulster Protestant areas against anticipated IRA activity, by copying the Ulster Protestant Association which organised murder gangs for assassination attacks on Catholic areas of Belfast.
Even though Paisley was an ex officio member of the initial executive he came to dominate Ulster Protestant Action
and formed a branch in the Ravenhill district of Belfast where he lived.
1959: a major riot occurred on the Shankill Road in Belfast following a rally he had spoken at https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/ian-kyle-paisley-highlights-of-his-life-2/
1964: his demand that the Royal Ulster Constabulary remove an Irish Tricolour from Sinn Féin’s Belfast offices led to two days of rioting
1966 – 1971; Paisley founded his Protestant Unionist Party, which campaigned for the retention of the Union, preferential treatment for Protestants in employment, and for total freedom for Orange parades.
He was also committed to the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee (UCDC) governing body of the loyalist Ulster Protestant Volunteers which was active between 1966 and 1969.
Loyalists started killing killed as early as 1966
and the UPV were planting bombs aimed at bringing down Northern Ireland’s prime minister Terence O’Neill in the spring of 1969.
The UCDC was the means by which Paisley led the protest against the reforms of Terence O’Neill in the late 1960s. The UCDC coordinated parades, counter demonstrations, and paramilitary activities, in order to maintain the status quo of the government, lead a campaign against the reforms of Terence O’Neill, and block the civil rights movement. Early leaders of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
were close confidants and workers for Paisley. Between 1971 and 1976 alone, the UDA [Ulster Defense Association] and its cover organizations murdered 600 Catholics.
1972: to advance his fortunes Paisley announced the formation of his own Democratic Unionist Party, a double-decker bus for fundamental Loyalism and fundamental Christianity. Its fuel was the Troubles.
1974: The Loyalist Workers Strike brought down the power-sharing government
1976: Ulster Service Corps (USC) In November 1976 Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), while speaking in Westminster
stated that he “had been on patrol with the USC“.
A Loyalist paramilitary / vigilante group established in 1976, the USC had links with the United Unionist Action Council (UUAC). The group had many ex-members of the Ulster Special Constabulary (‘B-Specials’) in its ranks. The USC carried out overt and covert patrols, some armed with legal weapons, in rural areas of Northern Ireland.
September 1976 five Portadown USC members were arrested and charged with operating illegal roadblocks
1977: Loyalist strike The United Unionist Action Council (UUAC), strike was launched on May 2, 1977 by Mr Paisley and his political ally, Ernest Baird and supported by the UDA and Ulster Workers Council.
They were protesting against an alleged lack of security and to demand a return to unionist majority-rule government at Stormont. Mr Paisley was “associated with paramilitaries” and risked being charged with conspiracy.
1981 : in opposition to increasing co-operation between the UK and Irish governments Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), created a ‘defensive militia‘.
At several rallies large groups of men displayed firearms certificates.
Rallies were held on hillsides near Gortin, Newry, and Armagh. At Gortin the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) were attacked and two vehicles overturned. On 3 December 1981 Ian Paisley said that the Third Force had 15,000 – 20,000 members. The UDA did not support Ian Paisley’s ‘Day of Action’ nor his ‘Third Force’.
1985: Paisley addressed the founding meeting of Ulster Resistance,
whose members were later involved in arms deals. They formed into nine battalions, and established informal links with the existing British terrorist organisations in Ireland, principally the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the larger UDA.
During 1988 large quantities of arms were secured by the UDA some of which came from South Africa. In November 1988 there was an arms find in County Armagh and the subsequent arrest of a former DUP election candidate brought accusations of links between DUP politicians and armed paramilitary groups.
Ian Paisley issued a statement claiming that his party had severed links with the Ulster Resistance in 1987.
1995: Paisley played a part in the Drumcree conflict over marching in Portadown, County Armagh between the Orange Order and local residents of the Garvaghy Road.
The march passed off after the decision was made by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) to allow it and Paisley ended the march hand in hand with David Trimble who appeared to perform a “Victory Jig”.
12 July 2006 Portrush, following Orange Order parades Paisley said, “[Sinn Fein] are not fit to be in partnership with decent people. They are not fit to be in the government of Northern Ireland and it will be over our dead bodies if they ever get there.”
The Reavey and O’Dowd killings were two co-ordinated gun attacks on 4 January 1976 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Volunteers from the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, shot dead five unarmed Irish Catholic civilians. The shootings were part of a string of attacks on Catholics and Irish nationalists by the “Glenanne gang”; an alliance of loyalist militants, British soldiers and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) police officers.
The next day, gunmen shot dead ten Protestant civilians in the Kingsmill massacre. This was claimed as retaliation for the Reavey and O’Dowd shootings. Kingsmill was the deadliest and last in a string of tit-for-tat killings in the area during the mid-1970s.
1999: Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley stated in the House of Commons that Eugene Reavey, father of the murdered youths, “set up the Kingsmill massacre”.
2010: a report by the Historical Enquiries Team
cleared Eugene of any involvement. The HET was the first state representative to show any interest in the triple murder.
“In three decades until then, nobody crossed our door,” Reavey says. “The police file on the killings was only a page-and-a-half long.” The HET apologised to the family for the security forces’ “appalling behaviour”.
The Reavey family have since been seeking an apology from Paisley. He said his information came from an RUC document.
The police said there was no such document and Reavey was entirely innocent. The only survivor of Kingsmill, Alan Black, says he knows Reavey wasn’t involved.
Contesting Ulster,John D. Brewer,In Ron Robin and Bo Strath (eds) Homelands: Poetic Power and the Politics of Space, Pp. 283-304. Brussels: Peter Lang. 2003.