Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Speech I'd Have Given to Pope Benedict XVI

The following is the speech I would have given in response to Pope Benedict the XVI's that he gave at Holyroodhouse here

Mr. Benedict,

Thank you very much for your visit to the British Isle. While some may complain about the massive amounts of money - some $30 million dollars - that the British taxpayers will pay so you may visit. I consider this to be money rather well spent.

Mainly so they can look right into the face of hypocrisy and lies and learn to recognize it.

I noticed that you mentioned the Nazi's and atheists in the same breath, saying as you did:

we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny” (Caritas in Veritate, 29).

I realize it may be rude to remind people of your own dealings with the Nazi Youth Movement, Mr. Benedict. But I don't think I stand silent to that spew of lies and complete disregard for the truth that dribble from your mouth like the santorum that drips from a raped alter boy.

The Nazi's saught to "eradicate God from society" you say? Then it must have been the Catholic church that also wanted to eradicate the voice of Yahweh from discussion, since there was the treaty between Hiter's Germany and the Catholic church that set out to protect the Church's interests in that land.

But that can't be, you say? The Nazi's enforced an "atheist regime" - such as having their soldiers wear belt buckles bearing Gott Mit Uns - God With Us, the same type of battle cry that lead the Crusades out to kill Muslims in another land (another venture supported by the earlier Catholic church), or perhaps words like these were on the lips of those surely "atheist" Catholic priests who tortured Jews during the Spanish Inquisition?

I shouldn't be surprised that the Catholic Church or "your Holiness" even seeks to disregard the statements of Hitler himself, who's religiou statements are fairly well known, including from Mein Kampf:

Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

As far as the "evils of atheism" yo allude to when you say "...let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society." If only the evidence bore this out! Which is the better society - ones such as the Netherlands where religious belief drops while they increase their efforts to care and nurture for each other? Or Britain herself, who enjoys greater and greater numbers of non-believers in the supernatural, the "divine", the teachings of sheepherders from some 10,000 years ago - and during the Enlightenment threw off the ideas of old outdated beliefs and embraced rationality.

Shall we compare the records of when Religion ruled and when Secularism started to hold sway? The "Dark Ages" lead to the shutdown of all increase of knowledge - if anything, the discoveries of the ancient Greeks in mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, biology were all but lost during the time when the Catholic Church held Europe within its grasp. It wasn't until humanity stopped looking to the clergy and the Bible for truth and actually opened their eyes again we found we were not at the center of the universe - for all of the punishments inflicted upon thinkers such as Galileo - I'm sure he appreciates finally being "pardoned" by the Church for the sin of having been right all along.

Or perhaps you speak of the technological advancements the world has made, such as treating the sick and freeing people of pain even against the Catholic church's early prohibitions against dissection and research. Or is the ability for men to search the Heavens not for invisible being who sit silent and mute so against your senses?

And yet- for all of the technology that moving to a more secular, a more scientific, a more "atheistic" world where we embrace reality and probe at it instead of hiding in the shadows and pointing to the words of men long dead like you and your clergy - all of this advancement hasn't seem to help your organization become more moral.

It wasn't atheism that when disease rears its head around the world seeks to spread disinformation regarding the prevention by using condoms or even educating people about sex. The Catholic church wants to keep millions ignorant and makes up blatant falsehoods that allows a terrible disease to go on inflicting millions more.

It wasn't atheism that sought and seeks still to keep women as powerless as possible, who denies them full membership and even leadership. It is instead the Catholic church that even now seeks to roll back the clock on women's control over their bodies and force them to bear the babies of their rapists or fathers, and excommunicates the doctors who give life saving treatments while pardoning the rapist of children.

It wasn't atheism that allowed the raping of children and their cries for help to go unheeded over the majority of the 20th century, but your own actions in hiding such offenses from the eyes of the secular law that would have seen such evil men punished for their crimes. It wasn't atheism that had the Catholic church move pedophile priests from one parish to the next so they could victimize more weeping children - and then terrify them into silence with tales of a burning afterlife that met them if they dared speak out. An organization that even now is more intent on blaming children for being abused than for the adults who actually violated the innocents.

So again, thank you Mr. Benedict for coming to this location. So people can look upon a lying, uncaring, criminal and child rapist protecting man who claims to speak for Yahweh - and know evil the next time they hear it.

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