Well, the Pope is about to start his visit to Britain and I say we should give him a hearty welcome. He's bound to be feeling a bit shy, what with this being a Moral Wasteland, and the Geopolitical Epicentre of the Culture of Death (according to the office of the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster). And goodness, all those churlish television documentaries running this week taking issue with the Pope's perfectly high-minded and reasonable stance on ethical issues:
- Telling his bishops to actively fight against our equality legislation
- Failing to address the systematic covering up and enabling of child-rape that has been a part of the Church's culture right the way up to the top of the heirarchy (thanks to Billierosie for a succinct roundup of the subject)
- Promulgating poverty, the death of women and the spread of AIDS, particularly in the Third World, by ordering Catholics not to use condoms in any circumstances - even say, if you're an African woman whose eight children are already malnourished and your husband is a long-distance trucker who uses prostitutes and is HIV positive. (British Catholics, btw, largely ignore the man and use birth control)
- Opposing the right of women to control their own fertility.
- Defining gay people as having an "a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil" (It's their wanting to do awful things like get married and have kids that is responsible for the shitty state of the world)
- Being the head of a religion that's about as phallocentric as it's possible to get (For example, did you know that if you are impotent - say through disability - you are not permitted to get married?)
I mean, what's there possibly to object to?
So let's welcome the
Here's some nice appropriate music from Apocalyptica, and Corey Taylor of Slipknot:
(Sorry about the subtitles, but I went looking for a good quality picture and no inane advert at the front. Now I'm going to stop ranting and go back to watching my HOT roofers)