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Historic Gathering Against Hate

In by Kit, Pope my ride on September 22, 2010 at 18:44

n Saturday i took part in the march against the state visit of the Pope organised by the umbrella group ‘Protest the Pope’ made up of various secular, humanist and atheist organisations. I will be honest and say that when I first heard of the march I did not intend to take part and thought that if I intended to affect social change my time could be better spent elsewhere.

 

An estimated 20,000 took part in the protest

 

In fact up to a day before the march I was having second thoughts. Then reading a short piece in the Evening standard by march organiser and staunch human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell my mind began to change, my anger grew and the list of offenses overseen by the Pope grew in my head. These are my reasons:

  • The pope’s stance on female priests – “not fit” to be priests, Ratzinger has been quoted as saying
  • The church’s opposition to the use of contraceptives and specifically the use of condoms to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa and their aggressive tactics to further these notions
  • The pope’s stance on gay relationships, branding them “evil”
  • The pope’s covering up of over 20,000 cases of paedophilia in the Catholic church
  • The pope’s stance on abortion
  • The pope’s promotion of segregated education
  • The pope’s reversal of the ex-communication of holocaust denier Richard Williamson

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I find it hard to believe that any right-minded person would not be disgusted by this list.

The march itself was one of the most inspiring things I have ever taken part in. There were so many people from different pressure groups as well as ordinary people who had numerous different reason as to why they opposed the pope, the Catholic Church and the state funded visit. There were feminists, human rights campaigners, gay rights campaigners, secularists, atheists and people who wanted justice for the sexual abuse carried out by Catholic church. There was anger in the crowd but also a feeling of solidarity and a euphoric feeling that something could be done to stop these atrocities and that this was the first step in mounting a movement to challenge the behavior of the church, support minority voices within the church and bring the Catholic Church into the modern world.

Click here to hear some of the inspiring talks at the culmination of the march outside 10 Downing street.

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  1. Right on Kit. Rather than having the taxpayers pay for his visit, they should have had volentary contributions. That way when he’s delivering a mass at Scunthorpe Leasure Centre and Staying at the Premier Inn he’ll get a real idea of how popular he is..

  2. Exactly, the British government cannot call itself a secular authority and fund a visit from a minority religious group posing as a quasi-state.

    Kit

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