A blog dedicated to the entertainment industry,
called “Big Hollywood”, has taken a vicious swipe at atheists
Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens who want to arrest the Pope
on his trip to England for allleged mishandling of clerical sex offenses. The author, Kurt Schlichter, says:

The spectacle of the doddering
Dawkins and the perpetually pickled Hitchens (who is not a dumb guy,
is a tireless advocate against dictators and thugs, and really ought
to know better) trying to cuff and stuff the pontiff would be amusing
– especially watching the Pope’s unforgiving security team go to
town upon them.  Advantage Hitchens
– he’d be unlikely to feel a thing. Certainly Dawkins could put
up a fight using one of his tedious anti-deity diatribes as a weapon. 
You haven’t been bored until you’ve been militant atheist bored
– what do people at atheist organizations talk about after the first
five seconds in which they all agree there’s no God?  And Hitchens
could fall over on the guards – and the dude’s probably got a weight
edge on the security team.  But in the end, the conclusion is kind
of forgone – Pope Benedict will jet back to Rome and the atheists
will pat themselves on their collective backs, assuming the efficient
Swiss Guards somehow failed to break their arms. 

The blog also upbraids the
double standards of certain Hollywood big wigs who back the atheists
“wacky” attack on the Pope while also defending director Roman
Polanski against prosecution for his admitted decades-old fling with
a 13-year-old: 

I don’t know what the
Pope did or didn’t do – that’s for the police to deal with, along
with the Catholic Church and even God Himself. The chips will fall where
they may. But I know what Roman Polanski did, because he confessed to
it and then ran away.  […] For too long we’ve tolerated too
many double standards – not just in Hollywood but throughout the progressive
realm.  And it must end. 

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico
Lombardi likewise ridiculed the Dawkins-Hitchens plot to arrest the
Pope, speaking at a press conference this week. Reuters quoted him as saying the following:

This is a bizarre idea to say the least. It looks like the intent
is to make a public opinion splash. I think they should look for something
more serious and concrete before we can respond to it. 

Fr Lombardi noted that the British state itself has invited the pope
to make an official visit, adding: 

It would be very strange if during a state visit the person who is
invited to make a state visit is arrested.


Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet. He lives in Sydney, Australia.