"Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot
I can see no reason the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot."
This little ditty is in reference Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up King James I and Parliament on November 5, 1605.
Four lines of doggerel that made every Catholic in England a terrorist-by-presumption for a hundred years.
Guy Fawkes was a fanatical Catholic during the Wars of the Reformation who thought that England could be returned to the Church if her Protestant king was killed, the government overthrown, and a Catholic king put in his place. He was, in short, an idiot--and a violent idiot. His plot not merely failed, it made everybody in England who kept the Catholic faith a suspect for treason long after. He was a fool, a coward, and an evil, evil man.
And an evil, evil movie of recent vintage--V for Vendetta--has somehow turned the man behind the gunpowder plot into a symbol of rebellion.
Guy Fawkes's terrorism crushed my people and fellow believers for many decades in England and Ireland. And anybody who chooses to wear his face as a symbol of "rebellion" publicly proclaims himself as the moral equivalent of Osama Bin Laden, who was basically a religious terrorist who also tried to blow up a legislature.
I find this especially comic because the pinheads who choose to hide their identities behind this pernicious symbol do so as puppets of Hollywood marketeers, who have no shame in peddling the most abject bullshit to sell their movies. (Those masks are copyright 2006, Time Warner.) Hollywood, after all, was responsible for the reappearance of the Klan in 1915, which was the first tie-in campaign to a movie (Birth of a Nation).