No popery - intolerance is not acceptable

You don’t have to be Roman Catholic to dislike the ‘No Popery’ of Lewes Bonfire.

While I share at least some of Jerry Emery’s appreciation of the ‘wonderful anarchic and non-PC bonfire tradition of Lewes’ (‘Just part of the tradition’, 15 November), I agree with Mary Jackson (‘Sound judgement by TIC staff’, 8 November) that the ‘No Popery’ is a form of religious intolerance that cannot be justified.

Why is this particular ‘tradition’ considered to be acceptable when, for example, rituals and celebrations taking place under banners declaring ‘No Jewry’, ‘No Islam’ etc surely would not be permitted – even if they did claim to be referring to a specific historical event?

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