Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dawkins & Hitchens plan a legal ambush to have Pope arrested

Yep, you heard right. Dawkins and Hitchens are planning on getting the Pope arrested when he visits England in September:

"Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.

The Pope was embroiled in new controversy this weekend over a letter he signed arguing that the “good of the universal church” should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys. It was dated 1985, when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases.

Benedict will be in Britain between September 16 and 19, visiting London, Glasgow and Coventry, where he will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century theologian.

Dawkins and Hitchens believe the Pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is categorised as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations."

(Side note: Could the Times have possibly found a more evil looking photo of Dawkins? Sheesh)

I find this quite interesting. I'm not well versed in international or British law, so the fact that this is plausible is intriguing. And I have to say, I agree with Dawkins' and Hitchens' sentiment. The Pope and the Catholic Church have systematically covered up hundreds of cases of child rape. They shouldn't receive immunity because they're a religious organization - thinking you have an imaginary friend isn't exactly a good reason to commit such horrible crimes.

At the same time, I'm a little worried. There are still many people out there that are sympathetic to the Pope, and to have two figureheads for atheism going after him isn't going to be too great for our image. I really hope that other religious figures will join in and support Dawkins and Hitchens. We need to show that this isn't some atheist agenda to bring down the Catholic church - it's a human agenda to protect our children and deliver justice.

(Hat tip to Miranda)

EDIT: It seems the Times has overblown the story a bit. For more of an explanation, check out this post.

11 comments:

  1. 1. Doesn't 'evil-looking' help his street cred? Plus, the article pits him against the pope. The Times has a long way to go before Dawkins (or Hitchens, who always strikes me as a guy who doesn't smile or laugh, evidence to the contrary) seems like the eviler of the bunch.

    2. More seriously, I don't think it's the pope's status as the head of Catholicism that's protecting him, but his status as head of a sovereign nation. It's why Bush was never arrested and tried for war crimes during his time in office (or since then, either). And then there's the fact that the cover-ups have been taking place in various nations on various continents. International law might be tricky there.

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  2. Well the Anglicans currently have no love for the Catholics, probably easy enough to get them on board.

    This is interesting, will be watching to see how this pans out.

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  3. This strikes me as bad PR... but in all honesty I don't object. If they can pull this off, it'd be amazing.

    On a side note: I don't think Dawkins is evil-looking there, not in the slightest..

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  4. I know there are a lot of Catholics (especially in Ireland) who are mighty pissed about this. It would be neat if they were on board.

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  6. Lol DM. Oh dear. While that photo may be interpreted as sinister, I think he looks rather dashing myself!

    And I agree with BathTub. Hopefully the Anglicans see this as a good thing.

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  8. @Freezing Kiss, @Philip: don't feed the troll.

    FWIW, Hitchens and Dawkins have my support. It's about time to settle two things: stopping the Catholic-sponsored torture and rape of children, and proving that a self-serving treaty with Benito Mussolini does not a sovereign country make.

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