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An Orange Association was formed in England in 1688 to assist the Prince of Orange in defence of the Protestant Religion and the Liberties of England. The Orange Order, as we know it, was formed by the victorious Protestants after the Battle of the Diamond in 1795. Its aims were to defend Protestantism, Protestant property and the Constitution. The Independent Loyal Orange Institution was formed in 1903 by those who opposed the Orange Order being used for party political ends by unscrupulous politicians. It has promoted the concept that Orangeism should be free of outside interference and should promote the principles of Protestantism - alone.

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The Independent Loyal Orange Institution is a "religious and loyal brotherhood" dedicated to the promotion and defence of the Protestant religion. We are not, and never have been allied to any political party. Constitutionally we express a unionist view, but that unionism is dependent upon the British Throne and Constitution "being Protestant".

We unapologetically declare our unchanging attachment to the Historic Evangelical Protestant Faith. We stand with the Reformers in declaring the Bible alone, Grace alone, Faith alone and Christ alone as the tenets of our faith. Consequently we reject Romanism, Ritualism, sacramentalism, Unitarianism and Ecumenism. Ecumenical contact with the Church of Rome is contrary to the Word of God, subversive to the Gospel of Free Grace and detrimental to the well being of the state.

The membership of the Institution is drawn from a wide range of Protestant denominations and is conditional on a profession of Protestantism. The parades in connection with our Institution are themselves an expression, a public witness, of our religion. Without exception they are to a religious service, either in church or in the open air. Our banners, flags, regalia, and often band uniforms and equipment have been dedicated, by Ministers of Religion, to the Glory of God.  

 

Constitutional Affairs

"The Institution is constitutionally Unionist. We bear allegiance to the rightful Sovereign of the United Kingdom, the Laws of the Realm, the Legislative Union and the succession to the Throne in the House of Windsor, it being Protestant. Additionally we are pledged to support the magistrates and the civil authorities in the lawful execution of their duties. Our Unionism is a consequence of our Protestantism. From Protestantism the United Kingdom has gained Democracy, Constitutional Monarchy, Freedom of Speech and Civil and Religious liberty. These principles are enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement. These we will maintain. Unlike the Orange Order we are not linked to any political party but as a Protestant fraternity we support policies which will enhance the union and maintain our right to practice our religion freely."