I watched “V for Vendetta” tonight and I realized that I had never thought of Guy Fawkes as a villain. Not necessarily competent, but Jacobean England was full of spies and stoolies and any conspiracy was likely to fail. Anyway, I was raised Catholic in the dark days before Vatican II and some of that undoubtedly colored my thinking.
As a side note, when the barfly reacted to the Chancellor’s speech with, “That’s bollocks!” I turned to my wife and said, “Remember when the tide turned during Vietnam and regular people started saying stuff like that? That was the greatest time in my life!” Kinda like right now, without Nixon. But that’s beside the point.
Same wife, when asked the question in the title, said, “That’s why I thought you’d like Lutheranism.”
“But aren’t Anglicans and Lutherans both Protestants?”
“No, they are Protestants. We are Reformed Catholics.”
Whatever. As long as we don’t have the pope but can still respect his views, even if we don’t agree with them.
Back to topic: I know little about Fawkes other than he was Catholic and wanted to blow up James I. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, but Fawkes doesn’t seem to have wanted to create fear but to incite a revolution.
And since it’s about religion, it’s here in GD.