Thursday, 16 September 2010

Pope? Pap!

So the Ratman arrives in Edinburgh and immediately contradicts himself. The BBC reports him saying he wants to "extend the hand of friendship" to the whole of the UK during his visit. Hmm, OK...

He continued:

"Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate".
Well fuck you Ratman, I do respect the traditional values and cultural expressions of others so long as they don't impose them on those who see the world otherwise. Sing to the clouds and eat magic crackers all you like but don't expect me to do the same and never, NEVER EVER, try to tell me how to behave. My morals are not dictated to me by invisible magical spirits but by a genuine care for all of humanity. In fact I care for all life on this beautiful planet which gave me birth. How about you respecting my values, my expression, and my right not to believe?

How anyone can think that this fallible, ignorant, old man is the spokesperson on Earth for an all-powerful, benign creator defies my understanding.

This comes after one of his 'advisors', Cardinal Walter Kasper, espoused that
"when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country".
Walter is not accompanying the Ratman to the UK and the Vatican issues the ludicrous claim of 'ill-health'.

Ratman, don't lie. Your own book of lore says this (see Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20), how can anyone form any respect for an individual who says one thing and does the opposite?

Admit the truth Ratman, you are human, you were not appointed by a deity, you are not even a head of state but the elected leader of a vastly wealthy organisation dedicated to self-preservation at the expense of billions of ordinary people.

Until then I exercise my freedom to repeat...

Tim Minchin - Pope Song (Warning - Offense Possible)

4 comments:

gallowaygrave said...

I was hoping the visit might provoke some serious anti-reaction... you've produced one in spades!
(You might enjoy this one as well;
http://frivolousendeavour.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/issues-of-investment/)

I am disgusted that the British nation is having to pay for this religious leader to come here; let the catlicks fund it themselves FFS, it's not as if they can't afford!

Makes me wonder what the archetypal power politician Tony Bliar is getting for setting this up? Papal nuncio status?

Bad days we live through Andy...

Andy Holroyd said...

It was good to get that off my chest. I do not support Catholicism in any way and the thought that decent, honest people are being misled by fraudsters makes my blood boil.

Thanks for the link, the history of the Abrahamic religions is a topic I've been trying to get my head around recently. There's a great series of podcasts at

http://www.philipharland.com/Blog/category/podcasts/

which I'm following through. It's complicated :)

As for Tony, I think it unlikely that he's concerned with rewards in the afterlife when he can make big bucks in this one.

PS
I've just posted about an internet event coming up this weekend which promises religious criticism in more spades (and shovels, trowels, mattocks, adzes etc) than I could ever muster.

http://trouserstogrow.blogspot.com/2010/09/this-is-made-of-awesome.html

gallowaygrave said...

Andy, seen the post, will sample, thanks...

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