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Submitted by Sarah (United Kingdom), Nov 2, 2005 at 08:51

This week is the 400 th anniversary of a bunch of catholic fanatics who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. They put 36 barrels of gunpowder under the old houses of parliament and planned to set it off while parliament was in session killing everyone inside.

The 36 barrels were far too much, half this amount, modern day scientists tell us would have had the same effect. 36 barrels cost more money, more money therefore needed more plotters, and the risk of being discovered increased. The plot failed - it leaked. We, the Brits, celebrate be lighting bonfires and fireworks each year. The last catholic King of England was a catholic Zealot who burnt people alive, including old women, and terrorised his own country - he was disposed off. As was Julius Cesear, King Charles the 1st and countless other dictators and tyrants.

Catholism is has died in Britain, and has been many years - mainly due to it's intolerance to other faiths. As will other intolerant faiths, East or West. The number of the year may change each December but basic human behaviour does not. We learn while we suffer. Faith should be a comfort during that suffering and value us all as humans.

Another point - Can you imagine going back to 15th century England, in a time machine and telling King Henry the 8th, that London now has mosques, synagogues, temples and our favourite food is curry. Do you think he would have stopped the Reformation, would that have made any difference?
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