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The Pope is a Villain

Even if Hitler had been an atheist – as Stalin more surely was – how dare Ratzinger suggest that atheism has any connection whatsoever with their horrific deeds? Any more than Hitler and Stalin’s non-belief in leprechauns or unicorns. Any more than their sporting of a moustache – along with Franco and Saddam Hussein. There is no logical pathway from atheism to wickedness. Unless, that is, you are steeped in the vile obscenity at the heart of Catholic theology. I refer (and I am indebted to Paula Kirby for the point) to the doctrine of Original Sin. These people believe – and they teach this to tiny children, at the same time as they teach them the terrifying falsehood of hell – that every baby is “born in sin”. That would be Adam’s sin, by the way: Adam who, as they themselves now admit, never existed. Original sin means that, from the moment we are born, we are wicked, corrupt, damned. Unless we believe in their God. Or unless we fall for the carrot of heaven and the stick of hell. That, ladies and gentleman, is the disgusting theory that leads them to presume that it was godlessness that made Hitler and Stalin the monsters that they were. We are all monsters unless redeemed by Jesus. What a vile, depraved, inhuman theory to base your life on.

Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity.

These are the words of Richard Dawkins, from the speech he gave yesterday at the London rally against the pope.  I can hardly think of anything to add to them.  Anyone with half a conscience ought to be enraged that this man receives any quarter outside of his gilded palace.  Whether we can blame “The Church” for the horrifying crimes against humanity still being perpetrated in the name of a loving savior, we can certainly blame Ratzinger.  Out of everyone in the Catholic Church, he alone has the power to make proclamations from God.  He could do good.  But he chooses to do evil.  He could back away from the obscene position that AIDS is exacerbated by condom use.  But he reinforces it.  He could agree to cooperate with international authorities to protect children and punish abusers.  But he chooses to obfuscate, obstruct, and deflect while giving lip service to “internal” reform.

As an atheist, I am appalled that he has equated me with Hitler.  I am terrified at how easily history can be rewritten.  How can it be that less than a century later, we’ve forgotten that the Nazi regime was an enemy of atheism, and that it tried to actively stamp it out?  How can we not open a copy of Mein Kampf and recognize that Hitler was a Christian?  How can we continue to give so much power to a man who is so clearly an enemy of humanity, who would rewrite the worst genocide in our collective memory?

How long until people of conscience refuse to pay homage to this villain?  If he wishes to leave his luxurious bed, his servants, his adoring sycophants, and his embarrassingly wealthy “holy city” to visit other countries, then he can pay to do so.  There is no reason for Britain or any other country to throw another dime in the collection plate so long as this profligate degenerate is in power.



11 thoughts on “The Pope is a Villain

  1. You mean to say the formerly Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the office of the inquisition, is a *villain?*


    Though your theory could explain an enigmatic comment the pope made to the press, regarding the true reason for his visit to England. “If D’artagnon and his plucky companions recover the queen’s jewelry, my ruse will fail! I must stop them!”

    You might have something here…

    Posted by Ian | September 19, 2010, 3:44 pm
  2. Wasn’t he in the Hitler Youth?

    Posted by cptpineapple | September 19, 2010, 5:57 pm
  3. Yes, the Pope was in the Hitler Youth.

    Posted by hambydammit | September 19, 2010, 8:58 pm
  4. Ironic isn’t it?

    Don’t you just hate it when people throw around cause and effect without looking into the situation first?

    Posted by cptpineapple | September 19, 2010, 9:48 pm
  5. What exactly are you trying to say? I’m clueless.

    Posted by hambydammit | September 20, 2010, 1:38 am
  6. The records of Hitler’s private conversations show that he was neither a Christian nor an atheist. A search of shows quotes like, “An educated man retains the sense of the mysteries of nature
    and bows before the unknowable. An uneducated man, on the
    other hand, runs the risk of going over to atheism (which is a
    return to the state of the animal) as soon as he perceives that
    the State, in sheer opportunism, is making use of false ideas in
    the matter of religion, whilst in other fields it bases everything
    on pure science. . .” and “The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity’s illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew.”

    Posted by G.M. | September 20, 2010, 10:25 am
  7. never mind

    Posted by cptpineapple | September 20, 2010, 3:18 pm
  8. “As an atheist, I am appalled that he has equated me with Hitler” – Hamby,

    Now Hamby,
    You are an evolutionist and embrace the evolution of ethics, which is not all that unusual among Atheists. You continually state that you believe that morality is simply a biologically innate response shaped by evolutionary processes and that it has no independent, objective, or universal existence.

    Since you subscribe completely to this ethical relativism, I need to ask you on what objective basis are you condemning Hitler as morally evil?

    You see Hamby, your Atheistic ideology ultimately forces you to accept Hitler as simply a product of genetics doing what comes natural in the wild…

    Here is a summary of Hitlers evolutionary views:
    “Evolutionary ethics underlay or influenced almost every major feature of Nazi policy: eugenics . . . euthanasia, racism, population expansion, offensive warfare and racial extermination. Hitler’s ethic was essentially an evolutionary ethic that exalted biological progress above all other moral considerations. Humans must adapt to and even model themselves after the laws of nature. ” – Richard Weikart – Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress

    (Also see Atheists Mao and Stalin)

    So Hamby,
    The evolution of ethics is the ugly rotting underbelly of the religion of unguided evolution and Atheism. It still continues to repel people away to more civilized religions…


    Posted by PG | September 27, 2010, 11:19 pm
  9. I missed the part where ethics as an evolutionary process means anyone accepts ethical relativism? Nice attempt there, but again, failure.

    I can accept Hitler as a product of his failed genetics, coupled with his environment allowing him to express it in a terrible unproductive way (that environment being religion by the way, which he used to convince people his ideas where God’s ideas, and thus morally acceptable). Oh wait, we don’t want to include environment as that means we can’t blame atheism, as Hitler was a professed Christian.

    Again, when you want to be honest, you can come back, until then how about keeping your hyperbole to yourself.

    Posted by Alex Hardman | September 28, 2010, 8:11 am
  10. lex,

    Hamby wanted to know why hitler was associated with Atheism. It was because of his belief in undirected evolution, a pillar belief of Atheism. Guilt by association.

    BTW, Hamby believes in ethical relativism, that is why i was clear to only direct the post to him and not his readership.

    So Alex, lets ask you the question, if Hitler was simply a product of his genetics acting on his enviroment, then doesent the conclusion therefore lead to mean that you dont believe he was morally evil?


    Posted by PG | September 28, 2010, 11:42 am
  11. The belief in evolution, and by extension, moral development through evolution is neither contingent upon nor sufficient nor necessary for atheism. Neither is atheism sufficient, necessary, nor contingent upon evolution.

    End of story.

    Posted by hambydammit | September 28, 2010, 7:12 pm

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