|Morons wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.|
Remember, remember the 5th of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I know of no reason why the Gun Power Treason
Should ever be forgot.
The Gunpowder Plot was a 17th century terrorist attempt and nothing more.
When, in 1605, Guy Fawkes and his conspirators, funded by Catholic kings on the European mainland, gathered together in a bar in London to talk revolution, they were not advocating the overthrow of tyranny. Fawkes and friends were instead discussing the most effective way to slaughter the entire Protestant government of England and replace it with a Catholic monarch.
The details of the story were left out of the 2005 Warner Brothers adaptation. V for Vendetta glossed over the facts of the Gunpowder Plot in favor of the inspiring imagery.
And it made for a great movie.
Since then the Guy Fawkes mask has become the veritable symbol of the righteously indignant. It is the calling card of the annoying hacker group Anonymous and has been used at Occupy Wall Street rallies. The mask also made appearances during the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Embassy in Cairo (where, I suppose, it actually fits the narrative of religious warfare better).
Ironically, because Warner Brothers owns the rights to the mask, every time one is bought by some credulous revolutionary, the Bros. get richer.
The truth is unless you believe that Catholic tyranny is preferable to Protestant tyranny, Guy Fawkes is not your hero. Stop acting like he is.
I would say he was the 17th century's Osama Bin Laden except he was a way, way worse terrorist.
At least Bin Laden landed a blow.
Guy Fawkes and his murderous companions, were, like Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, religious zealots on a bloodthirsty campaign.
The real irony is that when the Guy Fawkes mask is donned, the person behind it is also representing, albeit unwittingly, the symbol, not of freedom, but of religious bloodletting and tyranny.
It is credulity at best, cruelty at worst.
Remember, remember the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot
And dwell on the reasons for September 11
And the pain that religion has wrought