Wikipedia says that being a Loyalist means that you are violent

Wikipedia now says that being a working class Loyalist in Northern Ireland means that you use or “tacitly support violence.”

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I have no doubt this definition was written by Republican propagandist but this begs the question how many other ridiculous claims are there on Wikipedia that people are claiming as fact.

A Loyalist by definition is someone who is loyal to the Monarch. It begins and ends there. The term does not denote the employment of any kind of violence or for that matter any kind of Political tool nor does it give a clue to your financial means or social status.

The shocking wiki entry.

There is a lot to be learnt from this Wikipedia entry as it lists everything our enemies would like to think Ulster Loyalism is. They say it is a branch of British Nationalism. That it is an ethnic identity, that it is violent. The article also lists the TUV hinting at them being violently extreme and linked to terror.

The reality of Ulster Loyalism is that it has been around since the 16th century, not as the wiki states the 19th century. It is not an ethnic thing and has people from all sorts of backgrounds including mixed race people, half Chinese people, Jews and so forth.  It tends not to be violent as well. There are something like 200,000 self identifying Loyalists with only something like 1500 having ever been involved in violence.

Again this is where they point to a minority and say the whole community is violent. Can you imagine a company labelling Jews or Muslims violent because of the conflict minorities from those backgrounds are involved in?