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Friday, April 08, 2005

On Not Mourning the Pope - Thoughts over the grave of John Paul II. By Christopher Hitchens

Quite an article from Christopher Hitchens who reflects on how the non-religious view this morning over the pope's passing. I have quoted the last paragraph of the article. Click the link for the full article.
On Not Mourning the Pope - Thoughts over the grave of John Paul II. By Christopher Hitchens: "Unbelievers are more merciful and understanding than believers, as well as more rational. We do not believe that the pope will face judgment or eternal punishment for the millions who will die needlessly from AIDS, or for his excusing and sheltering of those who committed the unpardonable sin of raping and torturing children, or for the countless people whose sex lives have been ruined by guilt and shame and who are taught to respect the body only when it is a lifeless cadaver like that of Terri Schiavo. For us, this day is only the interment of an elderly and querulous celibate, who came too late and who stayed too long, and whose primitive ideology did not permit him the true self-criticism that could have saved him, and others less innocent, from so many errors and crimes."

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