On November 5, 1775, Continental Army commander-in-chief General George Washington condemned his troops’ planned celebration of the British anti-Catholic holiday, Guy Fawkes Night, as Washington was simultaneously struggling to win French and Canadian-Catholics to the Patriot cause.
In his general orders for the day, George Washington criticized “that ridiculous and childish custom of burning the effigy of the pope,” part of the traditional Guy Fawkes celebration. General Washington went on to express his bewilderment that there could be “Officers and soldiers in the Continental Army so void of common sense” and berated the American troops for their inability to recognize that defense of the general liberty of America demanded expressions of public thanks to the French and Canadian-Catholics who, Washington believed, to be necessary allies, and wrote that he found monstrous any actions, which might be insulting to the Catholic religion. Lafayette, and other freemasons, hated the Guy Fawkes Night festivities too.
On the night of November 5, 1605, the conspiracy by English Catholics to kill King James I and replace him with his Catholic daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was cut short by the arrest of Guy Fawkes, who had been charged with placing gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament. The plot involved digging a tunnel under the Palace of Westminster, filling it with gunpowder and then triggering a deadly explosion during the ceremonial opening of Parliament, which would have resulted in the death of not only James I, but also of a few Protestant noblemen. From then on, November 5 was celebrated in Britain and its colonies with a bonfire burning either Guy Fawkes or the Catholic pope in effigy.
If the British want to burn an effigy, then they should probably burn an effigy of Oliver Cromwell, John Knox or John Calvin. Cromwell discrowned the King James Version Bible but elevated the inferior Geneva Bible. Cromwell also declared a war on Christmas, which Charles Dickens would have frowned upon. Examiner Christopher Corsi wrote a great article about Guy Fawkes. THE END