The Pope speaks. Richard Dawkins replies.

October 21, 2010 | By | Reply More

Only a few weeks ago, the Pope arrived at Edinburgh to blame people like me (I don’t belong to a religion) for the Nazi holocaust.  These outrageous claims constitute the kind of abject bigotry that can lead to ostracism and violence against those of us who, sincerely and after careful consideration of the evidence, do not believe in supernatural beings.   As reported by The U.K. Guardian:

Benedict XVI used the first papal state visit to Britain to launch a blistering attack on “atheist extremism” and “aggressive secularism”, and to rue the damage that “the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life” had done in the last century. The leader of the Roman Catholic church concluded a speech, made before the Queen and assembled dignitaries at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, with the argument that the Nazi desire to eradicate God had led to the Holocaust and a plea for 21st-century Britain to respect its Christian foundations.

Incredibly, he described pedophilia as an ‘illness’ whose sufferers had “lost their free will.” The Guardian article is well worth a read. It offers a fascinating look into the corrupted soul of the Vatican.

Richard Dawkins had more than a few pointed things to say about the Pope and his church. In fact, his speech took the form of an sharp indictment. I couldn’t agree more with Dawkins, even though it somewhat pains me to say this.  You see, I was raised Catholic and I have many friends who are still practicing Catholics who are generous, kind and thoughtful. It’s a pity that their spiritual leader would rather blame secularists and allow millions of people to die by depriving them of condoms, than to own up to the mass-rape perpetrated and covered up by many of the “leaders” of his Church.  On top of that, consider the Catholic Church’s systemic disparagment of women. Such horrifically screwed up priorities.

For many years, the Vatican has annoyed me with its pomposity and hypocrisy, exacerbated by the way the mass media fawns over so many things that Popes utter, rarely pointing out the vagueness or the absurdities. I’m afraid that I’ve now reached a tipping point.  It’s time to completely disregard the fact that the Pope is revered by so many others.  Despite the fact that the Pope dresses up in expensive clothes and that he works extremely hard to obscure his absurdities with impenetrable language allegedly based on ancient books, he plainly stands before us as a man whose head is filled with numerous terrible ideas.

Here’s what Dawkins had to say:


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