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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

by Tracksuit Dad

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

I just read Scott Horton’s piece on Guy Fawkes Day in Harpers and I really love the way that he paralleled the Gunpowderguy-fawkes.jpg Treason to the attacks on September 11th. Guy Fawkes who was planning to To blow up the King and Parliament was a Roman Catholic and Horton reminds us that the Catholics were to 1600s England what Islamic fundamentalists are to the modern world. They were demonized and persecuted for the acts of a few zealous followers.

Horton lays out 3 lessons that we should remember on Guy Fawkes Day:

  1. Torture Never Works and is Always Wrong
  2. Beware the Government that Rules By Fear
  3. A Government That Stereotypes Is Unjust

So keep these in mind when you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day and if you’re like me you celebrate it by donning a stylish hat and mustachioed mask while fighting injustice. And if we do not keep these lessons in mind this November we run the risk of, 200 years from now, the 9/11 hijackers being immortilized in an heroic graphic novel (a la V is for Vendetta).

Remember, remember.