…but that of the abuse victims.
Clearly ignorant of the facts, Damian Thompson has this to say:
Pope Benedict has had to endure the lying sneers of smug celebs and secular humanists who accuse him of covering up child rape – he did no such thing, ever
Ahem, actually, he did. He was complicit in the prevention of cases of child abuse and rape being reported to the secular authorities. He had a direct hand in moving ‘trouble’ priests to different parishes instead of addressing their clearly disturbed tendencies. His was the office to which claims of abuse came, his was the signature that went out on official Vatican documents about these issues.
Your blind faith and loyalty is far from commendable and you really need to get your head out of your arse the sand Mr. Thompson.
He further mentions the Pope’s comments about “atheist extremism”, however it has to be flatly pointed out, there is no such thing as Atheist Extremism.
Extremism is the staunch, unflinching belief in an ideology and/or system of beliefs. Atheism, being merely the lack of belief in a deity (arguably different from an active disbelief in a given deity) does not fall under the category of being either an ideology or a system of beliefs. If an Atheist were to fervently and wantonly be extreme in his Atheism, he wouldn’t be doing anything different. Atheism is merely a lack of belief. Those who lack the belief in fairies do not commit acts of extremism, nor do Atheists. If you wish to claim that certain atheists who share certain other beliefs or atttitudes are the problem, then by all means, present us your evidence. You seem, however to be startlingly lacking in that department, Mr. Thompson (that’s what she said) and so I will dismiss your ramblings as nothing more than that. Ramblings.
Then he goes further to say:
[his critics] shriek like Victorian maiden aunts about “terrible libel”. I can’t say I’m surprised. People talk about the giant brains of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry et al, but what always strikes me is the extreme thinness of their skins.
Well, there was not a single thing either Victorian or shrieking about the comments of the British Humanist Association who said:
The notion that it was the atheism of Nazis (who were mostly not atheists in any case) that led to their extremist and hateful views or that 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.
The above is calm expression of amazement at the claims of the Pope that atheism (the lack of belief in a god or gods) led to the extremist views of the Nazis. This is a well-established, and well-debunked canard, and anyone who knows anything about the discussion (and it has ALWAYS been a discussion) between Religion and Secularism knows that if you claim a Nazi/Atheist link, you will be shot down. Mein Kampf explicitly mentions God as a guide in Hitlers wicked plans. Here’s a good question, where the hell was the Catholic Church when the rest of the world was condemning the Nazi movement for it’s egregious breaches of human rights and dignity and their crimes against humanity as a whole? Where was the outcry against the extremist, hateful views? Nowhere to be seen. Yet, now, now of all bloody times when the world no longer needs (as if it ever needed) an invisible guiding hand watching over it to figure out how to treat everyone in a society in a fair and amenable manner the leader of the Catholic Church has the gall, the sheer audacity and the ignorance of the facts to claim a link between a simple lack of belief in a megalomaniacal, baby-killing, genocidal, egotistical bully and the most horrific campaign of directed and intentionally fomented hate against our fellow human beings in the history of the world?!?
You want zeal? You want fervor? You want to be able to claim that atheists the world over are going absolutely bananas ripping their hair out in frustration and childish anguish at the claims of the Pope? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but it ain’t going to happen. If Atheists are anything, they are calm, collected and they deal in evidence, not over-inflated egos and a perverted delight in lacking evidence for ones claims.
Your claims and the claims of the Pope are fallacious, incoherent and redundant. I refuse to stand idly by while honest, moral people are tarred as one and the same in evil by a man who believes so brutally in bronze age dogma that he is willing to condemn millions upon millions of people to a crippling debilitating death by AIDs and HIV in the face of a simple piece of machined latex.