A picture speaks a thousand words. In Lewes, England, a strange event takes place every November 5th in which a mob celebrate the gruesome torture and death of Guy Fawkes. Sadly, the Pope is also burnt in effigy.... the event is even enough to cause an Ulster Protestant to blush.
For me, this is particularly sad, as I have been to Lewes, and know the area quite well. Yet, under the cover of an idyllic town, in the hearts of some, lies a burning hatred of Christ and his Church.
Yet, let this not end in hate for hatred, but prayers for the conversion of these deluded souls, to the faith of their forefathers. The English and Welsh Martyrs did not die in vain.
As Freyr commented:
"First you create a straw man and then you tear it down in the interest of protecting the state or the people or some such. This allows you to focus the peoples' hate on some external enemy and away from your own activities. It is especially ominous when such hate becomes part of the cultural heritage of a community".