Wednesday, 24 March 2010

There's a petition to protest the pope's September UK visit

If the pope wants to come to Britain, that's OK by me, but I don't think it should be any kind of official visit, and I certainly don't think the UK taxpayer should subsidise the trip. There's a No 10 petition to voice opposition, which I have signed, and which I urge you to sign, too.

  • That the Pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country.
  • However, as well as a religious leader, the Pope is a head of state and the state and organisation of which he is head has been responsible for:
    1. opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of AIDS
    2. promoting segregated education
    3. denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women
    4. opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people
    5. failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation.
    6. rehabilitating the holocaust denier bishop Richard Williamson and the appeaser of Hitler, the war-time Pope, Pius XII.
  • The state of which the Pope is the head has also resisted signing many major human rights treaties and has formed its own treaties (‘concordats’) with many states which negatively affect the human rights of citizens of those states.
  • As a head of state, the Pope is an unsuitable guest of the UK government and should not be accorded the honour and recognition of a state visit to our country.
I personally think he's a nasty piece of work and I'd much prefer him to stay away, but that's just me.


Ted Summer said...

Petition against the pope?

We welcome, with all our hearts and souls, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.

Rob Clack said...

Unsurprisingly, I disagree with you utterly. It looks increasingly to me as though he should be tried in the civil courts for covering up decades of child abuse by priests.