Apparently an alleged planned attack against the Pope is the only form of protest anyone in Britain could manage.
Acting on a tip, police detained the men, aged 26 to 50, under the Terrorism Act at a cleaning depot in central London after receiving information about a possible threat. The men were being questioned at a London police station and have not been charged. Police said an initial search of that business and other properties did not uncover any hazardous items.
Who knows if this is real or not. I don’t have a hard time imagining a drummed up conspiracy to try to generate sympathy for the pontiff, but then again, I don’t have a hard time imagining a real attempt on his life.
The part of the article that really has me down is this:
Outside the London university hall, some 4,000 young students, outfitted in prim school uniforms and waving small white-and-yellow Holy See flags, serenaded the pontiff Friday with gospel hymns and songs…
A few blocks away, about 30 people protested, holding up inflated condoms and posters. “Condoms are not crimes,” read one. Another read: “Science flies you to the moon: religion flies you into buildings.”
Really? Thirty people? Out of all of London? The man most directly responsible for the worldwide, systematic abuse of tens of thousands of children is on your doorstep, and only thirty of you bother to voice your disapproval?