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Monday, November 5, 2007

Happy Guy Fawkes Day - Sorta

I hope none of my English Catholic readers takes offense - I wanted to acknowledge your National Holiday and say how much I enjoy having you all as visitors. I gather the anti-popery that sometimes comes with some people celebrating this occasion is tough to swallow - but, hopefully, in most circles that taint is off and people can just mark the day with thanks that they are a free nation. And it is in that spirit that I wish you all a Happy 5th!

I was reading Daniel Hannan's blog in the Daily Telegraph, the full thread of which you can see here. One commentator, Mark K., I think had a fascinating observation which I quote:


Here is food for thought, to show how this country has become more tolerant.

If the persecutions to which Catholics had been subjected for several centuries had been re-applied to Muslims today, this would be the result:

2005 Foiled Al-Qaeda plot to blow up parliament.

2006 on - Muslims forced to renounce faith, mosques closed down.

2007 New national holiday where a replica of Mecca and an effigy of Mohammed or an imam are burned in public.

2020-2050 Religious police to raid suspected Muslim homes and imprison any family harbouring imams.

2078 Laws against Muslims generally relaxed, but a hoax "Islamist Al Qaeda plot" whipped up by government leads to rioting in the streets and resurgence of anti-Islamic feeling. Test Act bars any Muslim from holding public office

2101 Act of Settlement Mark Two - no heir to the throne allowed to marry a Muslim.

2229 Repeal of Test Act - Muslims no longer barred from public office.

2250 Muslim Council of Britain re-established.

P.S. The brains behind the Gunpowder Plot was a very English gentleman, Robert Catesby."

Food for thought for sure!


Mac McLernon said...

It's not really a national holiday (ie. no time off work)... it's just an excuse to let off fireworks!

gemoftheocean said...

Ah heck --- is there any day that you can all safely celebrate together and just relax and have a good time with all the trimmings?

newhousenewjob said...

Funny, New Man expressed surprise at the weekend when I said I was going to go to a fireworks display - he thought I'd be totally opposed to celebrating Guy Fawkes'.

I don't think I'd go to the blatantly anti-Catholic celebrations in Lewes, but elsewhere it really is just an excuse to go out and enjoy the fireworks. Plus in Harrow, which is where I went, there's a very large Hindu population, so a lot of the fireworks were let off to celebrate Diwali rather than Guy Fawkes'.

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

I like to celebrate Guy Fawkes. I think he was a bit of a twit really-and got innocent people killed; and just HOW did he get all that Govt controlled gunpowder..? But even so, it is a way to remember what my ancesters went through.
I've blogged on this.

swissmiss said...

When I worked at a college in Seattle, the Purchasing Manager used to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. He wasn't British, but may have been of British descent. I totally forgot about the day until I saw your post.

Happy Guy Fawkes!!

Orthfully Catholic said...

I don't we worry about the anti-Catholic aspect of November 5th anymore, after all we had a firework party at the seminary! As Mac says, its just an excuse to let of some bangers!

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