Many of you will recognize the picture of the Guy Fawkes mask above as worn by the group Anonymous and other protesters around the world. I am not really sure how it came to be co-opted by these groups.
The title of this post comes from often repeated rhymes having to do with the holiday. According to Wikipedia, the earliest recorded version from 1742 read:
Don’t you Remember,
The Fifth of November,
‘Twas Gunpowder Treason Day,
I let off my gun,
And made’em all run.
And Stole all their Bonfire away.
The story has to do with a plot to blow up Parliament with barrels of gunpowder hidden in the basement, with the aim to kill the King and Prince of Wales along with a large number of members. The plotters were Catholics aggrieved by the anti-Catholic policies of the government. Soooooo…..terrorists can be Christians? Well how about that….
A day dedicated to a failed terrorist plot should merit some mention on this blog, no?