Was Guy Fawkes a heimishe hero?


By Simon Rocker
November 6, 2008
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This question has been posed on the BBC religion website's Jewish message board. The poster means James I, not II. But has anyone ever heard this before?

My nephew has just been told by his rabbi that Jews should not celebrate Guy Fawkes night because the monarch involved, James II, was anti-semitic. Could we discuss this, please?

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Joe

Thu, 11/13/2008 - 11:30

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We celebrate Guy Fawkes night because bringing back Catholicism would have brought back the Inquisition. Jews had as much to lose as anyone else. The only thing about James I likely to offend Jews was his 'alternative lifestyle' and his preoccupation with witches!

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