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The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day , observed each November fifth, was effectively ended in America during the Revolution in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5, 1775:

As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom of burning the Effigy of the pope–He cannot help expressing his surprise that there should be Officers and Soldiers in this army so void of common sense, as not to see the impropriety of such a step at this Juncture; at a Time when we are solliciting, and have really obtain’d, the friendship and alliance of the people of Canada, whom we ought to consider as Brethren embarked in the same Cause. The defence of the general Liberty of America: At such a juncture, and in such Circumstances, to be insulting their Religion, is so monstrous, as not to be suffered or excused; indeed instead of offering the most remote insult, it is our duty to address public thanks to these our Brethren, as to them we are so much indebted for every late happy Success over the common Enemy in Canada.

Catholics always had a friend in the Father of Our Country.

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3 Comments

  1. “First in war; first in peace; first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

    Having read, in the past several years, McCullough’s 1776 and Barnet Schecter’s The Battle of New York, I marvel at Washington’s courage and determination. He (in my opinion) held it all together and single-handedly forestalled military defeat of the revolution.

    And, I believe that Divine intervention brought our country into being.

    Guy Fawkes was the name of a saloon in NYC in the 60’s and 70’s. I am no longer allowed to do that stuff.

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