Skip to comments.Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI
Posted on 04/10/2010 11:49:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
April 11, 2010 Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI Marc Horne
Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain for crimes against humanity.
Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.
The Pope was embroiled in new controversy this weekend over a letter he signed arguing that the good of the universal church should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys. It was dated 1985, when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases.
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The focus is on the hypocrisy, which brings out the contrast. That is why such man-made entities stand out as targets.
No. I am not implying anything. Their influence in China is limited: they are only 1-2% of the population and so it is no noteworthy feat for the Chinese to suppress or even annihilate them. They hold the reigns of power elsewhere so the Chinese move is insignificant in relation to the larger Muslim world.
Hitchens is an alcoholic blowhard, a pathological self-promoter and media junkie. He's the Kitty Kelly of non-fiction.
No. Like all cowardly atheists, Hitchens and Dawkins target Christians only. Their darts are thrown from the secure redoubt of the West. You won't see them in Yemen or Somalia anytime soon.
Muslims have been aware of China since the birth of Islam, and probably even before (reference the Quranic verses on silk). If they could not convert China in Islam’s 1400+ year history, what has curtailed and still is hindering, their progress?
I don't hop on the bandwagon bashing the church, but I do notice the appropriate energy with which the church attacks abortion, and the "Well, it's more complicated than you seem to know" care with which they defend their shameful history of hiding, excusing, or ignoring child molestation.
It is depressing in a way to see people, good people mind you, not realizing what is happening here. But, God said this is the way it would go down.
Sounds like Dawkins, right?
Probably the cultural divide, or rather the gulf between Chinese culture and Islam, though there are probably a number of factors involved. But you are progressively walking the conversation away from your original point which you have failed to defend so I wish you well as you ponder such questions.
The RCC should have seen this coming. Never try to cover up anything because it makes it worse.
The Pope should have ordered the perverts kicked out.Get in front of it and then you can control the situation instead of it controlling you.
I am a former RC, but it still pains me to see this kind of crap going on in the church. But a lot of times they seem to bring it upon themselves
The very first religion listed is....
Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs."
Cultural divide didn’t stop Islam from spreading to disparate cultures like those of South East Asia, Africa or Eastern Europe, so that cannot be the reason for the curtailment.
The original point still stands that Islam has no single mortal enemy. Plain reason is good enough to defeat it.
I wish you well, too, and hope you continue to ponder upon these questions just as surely as I will.
You are clearly as grossly ignorant of the facts as a single-celled animal is of intelligent life.
Richard Dawkins not Dawson. Richard Dawson was the family feud host. Perhaps more credible than Dawkins.
You, FRiend, are a consummate moron.
You are right, I wrote the wrong name. Richard Dawson was the guy who introduced malicious perverts to Bob Crane.
Hitchens is a superb intellect and incomparable writer.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t get one wrong once in awhile, as he did in this case. I’m afraid his intellect fails him when he leads with his personal hatred of religious followering.
Which is a logical error. All cultures are not equivalent and therefore not equally susceptible to any given idea or system of thought. It may not be the case, but you have not demonstrated it not to be.
It’s up to the cops to handle this, first of all. Second, any internal action at the parishes is handled by the bishops, not the pope. Third, the left is notorious for being soft on child-molesters but, oh, let any religious organization (except muzzies, of course, and Black Liberation Theology) become embroiled in a scandal of a sexual nature, and it’s the end of the world.
Gross hypocrisy from them and many FReepers.
My original claim was implied by me when I contradicted the assertion that only one particular religion was equipped to fight Islam, by the poster I first replied to.
As it stands right now, that implication is still valid.
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