You know? I really don’t give a Ratzinger’s arse if Pope Benedict XVI vists Great Britain as he is planning to do. However I do object to the U.K tax payer stumping up £20million for him to do it. If he wants to come here and promote his particularly wacko form of catholicism to his faithful flock, fine but not on my hard earned money thank-you very much. The National Secular Society has an online petition against the government funding this trip and if like me you would rather this misogynistic and homophobic ex nazi paid for his own ticket I urge you to sign it.
Thanks to P.Z.Myers at Pharyngula for alerting me to this.
"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"