When it comes to Catholics, the British have a great tradition of finding horrible ways to get rid of them but we have grown and matured since the days of setting fire to Joan of Arc or quartering Guy Fawkes, now we just set fire to images of them.
November 5th is Bonfire Night in the UK, when we pile up all those old wooden gate posts that have been in the shed since they blew down in February and set fire to them along with an effigy of Guy Fawkes or whoever we don't like this year.
Celebrities and politicians are fair game for the flames, as are sportsmen and anyone in the news but as usual the Catholic Church find the whole thing distasteful and anti-Catholic.
I attended a bonfire and fireworks party this evening and i can't recall any anti-catholic sentiments being muttered as the flames licked around the paws of the poor teddy bear chosen to wear a Manchester United shirt and Rolf Harris mask and adorn the top seat of the bonfire, heard a few anti-Wayne Rooney ones though.
Father Eric Flood, the parish priest in Lewes, says the ritual of burning effigies of Guy Fawkes every year is 'moral racism' and he was most miffed when Lewes decided to burn the top Catholic and set fire to the Pope.
I'm certain that most people who attend Guy Fawkes' Nights celebrations don't do it out of some hatred of Catholics, simply a chance to go 'ooh', 'aah' and 'whee' at a few overpriced fireworks and watch a teddy bear make the ultimate sacrifice.