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Arrest the Pope: Crimes against Humanity
Hypatia
It'll never happen, but I love that Dawkins and Hitchens are making the effort to have this done.

http://www.huffin...33837.html

Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, two of the world's most prominent atheist intellectuals, are seeking means to try the pope for crimes against humanity, their lawyers confirmed this weekend.

The pair are said to be working with British lawyers to see if the pope can be arrested for his part in the alleged cover-up of widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church during a visit to the United Kingdom in September

The Vatican has suggested that the pope is immune to prosecution as he is a head of state - Dawkins and Hitchens suggest that he is not immune as the Vatican is not represented at the United Nations.

"I'm convinced we can get over the threshold of immunity," their lawyer Mark Stephens told The Guardian. "The Vatican is not recognized as a state in international law. People assume that it has existed for time immemorial but it was a construct of Mussolini, and when the Vatican first applied to become a member of the UN, the US said no. So as a sop they were given the status of permanent observers rather than full members."

Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, has confirmed he is seeking the pope's arrest, although he later denied reports he was planning to perform the arrest personally.

Last month Dawkins wrote a scathing article for the Washington Post in which he called the pope:

A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds; a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part; a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa; a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence.
Hitchens told the Sunday Times of London: "This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalized concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment."


Bold emphasis mine.

Dang. I love these guys.
 
Skeeve
*crosses fingers*

This would be awesome.
 
Robert
I'm more inclined to view the Vatican as a sovereign state, but it doesn't really matter. Let's declare war Angry!

The Pope and some of his Cardinals and priests really need prison time.
 
catman
I agree, but as Hypatia stated, it'll never happen.

Got to love what Dawkins had to say about the pope!
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
Theory_Execution
Are you aware of the barbaracy that child abusers are subject to in prison Robert? I agree with you.
 
derF
It is a shame it will never happen. Cooler heads will prevail of course. The arrest and incarceration of the Pope would cause a world wide riot. Hell even the Muslims would join in just to vent their indignation for ANY religion being treated so poorly. Ahh, well. Nice try though.
 
Theory_Execution
I dont think the Muslims would be too up in arms about the Pope being locked up, but they would tout it as a Zionist conspiracy and use it to bulster efforts in their wars with the Jews.

We could always give that Hoodie woman from xmas a gun.
 
seeker
There is a certain class of people that are never called to account for crimes they may commit. The Pope, Bush Jr, Reagan et al get away with their crimes because they are part of movements that care more about ideology than humanity
 
Theory_Execution
You mean because they have money and legal teams to help them jump through every gap, crack, tear or even just straight through the law?

Some people are truely more equal than others.
 
Bob of QF
seeker wrote:
There is a certain class of people that are never called to account for crimes they may commit. The Pope, Bush Jr, Reagan et al get away with their crimes because they are part of movements that care more about ideology than humanity


Reagen almost got what he deserved: I cannot imagine a worse fate than knowing you have Alzheimer's... and he had it in spades at the end.

Almost* makes me believe in Cosmic Justice.






* no....not really.... I just saw a bit on Sarah Palin...
Sad
 
catman
You betcha!

I couldn't help feeling sorry for Reagan, just as a fellow human being (I think). No one deserves Alzheimer's. I didn't like his politics, although he was a smooth speaker. The national debt tripled while he was in office, even with all his talk of fiscal responsibility.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
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