Today, on his visit to the UK, Pope Benedict XVI stated the following:

“We can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews.

“As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of
man and of society,”

“May it [Britain] always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate,”

Great, so... Atheism leads to Nazi-like tendencies? OK, little boy molesters.

Hitler wasn't even an atheist. In fact, didn't he claim to have "eradicated Atheism from the face of the earth"? Stalin was, in fact, an atheist. Sometimes bad people do have good ideas.

But that the Pope himself would say such things, make such comparisons, shows only how ignorant he is on what atheism is truly about. Talk about disgusting. I find Atheists to be more moral humans than most religious people.

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when it comes from da friggin' pope himself, it might even be considered as more of an insult then your average everyday prejudice. It really does go to show you what kind of ignorance is spreading.
Funny. I don't recall the catholic church ever taking a stand against the Nazis. You couldn't call them compiant, but no way in hell could you say they ever firmly resisted. The cowards did absolutely nothing. But historical fact doesn't mean much in popeland.
The Pope himself joined the Hitler Youth when he was 14, then was drafted into an anti-aircraft unit. His spokesperson is using this history to let the public know that "the Pope obviously knows what Naziism was about".
Well, it was pretty much illegal not to be in the hitler youth, so I don't think you can fault him for that. On the other hand, the fact that he signed crimen solicitanionis, now that is utter bull shit for which there is no excuse.

And as for what bill donahue said later today after the pope's comment, what a friggin idiot. he really pissed me off.
What did he say? Do you have link?
I want you to read my latest blog. It concerns about Morality and why religion can't get a copyright for "goodness" and slam everything about evil on atheism.
Sorry, I've posted it (here) again and made sure the comments were on.
oh and PS:

This German-born Pope (Pius.. what number is he?) was originally a member of the Nazi reserve youth when he was young.

Note as well, Adolf Hitler has christian backgrounds, and never proclaim himself as an atheist.

Note as well, that the Vatican, after the defeat of the Axis during world war II, provided sanctuary to the majority of the Nazis fleeing retribution from allies' tribunal court on War Crimes.
Hitler actually claimed to be a Catholic, and equated atheists with jews.
I did not know that, thank you.
It seemed to me hearing his address that he bigged up the UK Christians and tells us if you are a good Christian you will be a force for good in the world and that by contrast if you are godless the result will be Nazi Germany. Aside from the fact that many god fearing people were involved in the atrocities and that many godless people do good, this is an expression of two extremes to make the point that everyday people are better with God. It makes no sense and it frustrates me that someone looked up to by so many; either is purposely trying to pull the wool over people's eyes or is irresponsible in not getting a decent speech write.

He claims that Atheists suffer from not having a clear vision of man and society and have a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny”. If the Pope has a long view that the destiny of our souls is most important, than it might explain his irresponsibility with humans based on his belief that their souls are more important than their bodies. To me this value system is dangerous to humanity.

I am so angered that our leaders had to sit solemnly and listen to this nonsense then respectfully applaud it out of some misplaced respect for a man in a silly hat. When will it become acceptable to judge a person by their words and actions and not their position in society?


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