Pope speech compares atheist ‘extremism’ with Nazism
In a bid to extend the hand of friendship to the people of third world Britain the Vatican let loose their equivalent of Malcolm Tucker last night to tell us all that landing at Heathrow airport was like entering a third world country. The Cardinal, who now has gout, explained his words by saying he meant that we had a lot of different people here. Bizarre It is probably just as well he had to cancel his trip to Britain with Pope due to gout.
Not to be outdone the Pope said he was extending a hand of friendship not just to Catholics – but clearly not to people like me – atheists or secularists.
The BBC reports: The Pope has compared “atheist extremism” to the Nazi tyranny of WWII in a speech given in Edinburgh as he begins a four-day visit to the UK. The pontiff praised Britain’s fight against the Nazis – who “wished to eradicate God” – before relating it to modern day “atheist extremism”. Afterwards his spokesman Federico Lombardi said: “I think the Pope knows rather well what the Nazi ideology is”.
Humanists have said the comments were a “terrible libel” against non-believers.
A statement from the British Humanist Association said the Pope’s remarks were “surreal”.
“The notion that it was the atheism of Nazis that led to their extremist and hateful views or that it somehow fuels intolerance in Britain today is a terrible libel against those who do not believe in God.
“The notion that it is non-religious people in the UK today who want to force their views on others, coming from a man whose organisation exerts itself internationally to impose its narrow and exclusive form of morality and undermine the human rights of women, children, gay people and many others, is surreal.”
Well… that’s a good start. Wonder what he’ll do for his next trick?!
In the meantime – a little bit of Springtime for Hitler from The Producers. Makes me laugh