If you are familiar with V for Vendetta, you recognize this phrase.

"Strength through Unity.  Unity through Faith."

This is the motto of the conservative authoritarian government in future dystopic London.  It is the justification for systematically and deliberately eliminating gays, Muslims and "terrorists" from society.  "I remember when different became dangerous."   The country is only safe from disease and war because it officially recognizes the authority of the one Christian God - a God whose message has been so twisted and perverted by those in power that He will not tolerate political dissenters, atheists, non-Christians or gays.  Meanwhile, the tyrannical "Christian" government abuses its authority and terrorizes, tortures and oppresses the population.  You will give allegiance to God by abjectly obeying us.  And we are not accountable to you, the people - because God.  His word is infallible, and we are the interpreters of what He says. It is blasphemy and treason to question Him or us.  That's kind of why democracies can't be theocracies.  Those two concepts just don't work well together.


Someone created this chilling video on youtube, juxtaposing the right-wing ranting from V for Vendetta with a Glenn Beck rant:

This has got to make you stop and think, if these issues are not already a concern to you.  I always thought V for Vendetta was a brilliant expose on how easily our democracy and freedom can be stripped from us by clever and evil demagogues.  "There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent." When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross.

Some of my other favorite lines from this movie:

Valerie: I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like "collateral" and "rendition" became frightening, while things like Norsefire and the Articles of Allegiance became powerful. I remember how "different" became dangerous. I still don't understand it, why they hate us so much.
V: And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
[quoting Shakespeare's Richard III, Act I Scene 3]
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