– “former head of the Inquisition”
– a leader of a “tinpot fiefdom”
– “A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds”
– “a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part”
– “a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa”
– “a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence”
For all this, he suggests that the remedy is that the Pope:
“should be arrested the moment he dares to set foot outside his tinpot fiefdom of the Vatican, and he should be tried in an appropriate civil – not ecclesiastical – court. That’s what should happen.”
Now that’s militant. It reveals the real objective of Militant Atheism Dawkins-style is to take on the biggest player on the world faith scene – and eliminate him.
Post script: Professor Dawkins has obviously moved on from his position which he stated in “The God Delusion” (pages 315-316):
The Roman Catholic Church has borne a heavy share of such retrospective opprobrium. For all sorts of reasons I dislike the Roman Catholic Church. But I dislike unfairness even more, and I can’t help wondering whether this one institution has been unfairly demonized over the issue, especially in Ireland and America.
HT to reader Paul for this.
Update: And from Edward in the UK here is something to make you giggle” Meanwhile, in the bunker…