Black ritual claims ‘inaccurate’
Royal Black Institution response to the release of Inside the Royal Black Institution by the late County Down Blackman Drew Nelson (former Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland)
Dromore solicitor and member of the Royal Black Institution, Drew Nelson, has dismissed as “inaccuracies” extraordinary claims made by Seapatrick author Paul Malcomson last week in relations to the organization.
In his book ‘Inside the Royal Black Institution’, Mr Malcomson claims that new members are made to drink from a human skull.
He also alleges that members are subjected to degrading rituals, such as being semi-stripped.
Mr Nelson explained that he joined the Royal Black Institution almost 30 years ago and received all the degrees within one year after joining. He stressed that he was “never” subjected to a degrading ritual. “I was never stripped,” he said.“I was never asked to drink from a human skull.”
“The Royal Black Institution is a Christian organization which does a vast amount of good work quietly in its own way, and I am proud to be a member.”
The Chronicle contacted the Royal Black Institution last week; however, a spokesperson for the organization indicated that no response would be issued until the book had been studied in detail.
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