Witnesses: "It was a verbal beheading"
Dawkins: Pope is "enemy of humanity, children, women, gays, truth, the poor, science"
Speaking to a 10,000-strong "Protest the Pope" rally on September 18 in London, Richard Dawkins pulled no pontiff punches (video below):
"...[Pope Benedict XVI] Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity.
He is an enemy of children who's bodies he has allowed to be raped, and minds he has encouraged to be infected with guilt. It is embarrassingly clear that the church is less concerned with saving child bodies' from rapists than saving priestly souls from hell, and most concerned with saving of the church itself.
He is an enemy of women, barring them from the priesthood as though a penis was an essential tool for duties.
He is an enemy of gay people, bestowing on them the bigotry that the church used to reserve for Jews before 1962.
He is an enemy of truth, promoting bare-faced lies about condoms not protecting from Aids, especially in Africa.
He is an enemy of the poorest people on the planet, condemning them to inflated families that they cannot feed, so keeping them in the bondage of perpetual poverty - a poverty which sits ill beside the obscene wealth of the Vatican.
He is an enemy of science, obstructing the vital stem cell research on grounds not of true morality but on pre-scientific superstition..."
That's a great example of free speech in action. Pope Ratzinger is free to respond with a speech or statement of his own, rebutting the points made by Dawkins. It would certainly be enlightening to hear the Pope defend his claim that condoms could make the African Aids crisis worse.
If he ever visited Canada, should Canadian taxpayers foot the $19 million bill for hosting the Pope? Nope.