At a cost of $130 million to British taxpayers the pope is in the UK for, well, ‘good will.’ If he’s trying to win back the people who separated from the Church Universal back in the days of Henry VIII, he’s a little late. Britons are overwhelmingly non-believers; 71% answered ‘No’ to a Gallup poll that asked, “Does religion occupy an important place in your life?” Actually the pope is in town to mend fences with the Anglican Church. He sees an opportunity to recruit Anglicans who are disenchanted with the Church of England’s willingness to ordain gays and women. The One True Church would never tolerate women running around the sacristy like they owned the place. Like the Muslims, the Church sees only a subordinate role for anyone lacking an appropriate level of testosterone. During his poaching expedition to the UK the pope had something to say about the failure of secular democracy in the modern world:
“By appeal to what authority can moral dilemmas be resolved? If moral principles underpinning the democratic process are themselves determined by nothing more solid than social consensus, then the fragility of the process becomes all too evident – herein lies the real challenge for democracy.”
Underlying this careful phrasing is His Holiness’ contention that the only reliable source of moral guidance for this world is The Church. This, of course, is the same church that was still executing heretics less than two centuries ago and, in the modern era, has released a battalion of pedophiles upon young believers. The pope fails to recognize that the Judeo-Christian religion for which he is the front man has two millenia of tradition at least as barbarous as that of Islam. Animal and human sacrifice, animism, rape, murder, slavery, and misogyny permeate the Old and New Testaments. If the Bible sanctions these outrages, why doesn’t the Church espouse them today? Only because their Good Book, a confusing, contradictory document written primarily by ignorant shepherds, has been overtaken by Western philosophy. That’s right folks, it is secular, godless thought that has corrected the worst abuses of Judeo-Christian theology. Read the Bible, Your Holiness. What does Deuteronomy say about our duty to kill our children if they stray from the path of righteousness? Oh, that’s the Old Testament, you say? What about Paul’s exhortations to women and slaves to be subordinate to their masters? Christianity, as practiced today, is marginally palatable only because it has been tempered by the influence of secular thinkers from the Greeks to Eric Hoffer. It is difficult to envision the living hell in which we would exist were the Good Book our standard for moral conduct.