Over 20,000 people attended this weekend’s “Protest The Pope” rally in London, where noted atheist Richard Dawkins slammed the the pontiff for blaming Hitler on atheism. More great photos from the rally are here.
"Organisers said as many as 20,000 humanists, secularists and human rights campaigners took part in the central London march – ten times the number expected. They gathered to air their opposition to the Pope's teachings on a range of issues from gay rights and women priests to the use of condoms and clerical sex abuse. The demonstration ended with a series of speeches from humanist luminaries, during which eminent scientist Richard Dawkins rounded on the Pontiff as 'an enemy of humanity'. Protesters gathered near Hyde Park Corner for the Protest the Pope rally. Some held aloft banners stating: "The Pope is wrong – put a condom on" and 'Pope protects paedophile priests'. Among those in attendance was human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who hit out at the use of taxpayers' money being used to fund the visit. He said: 'The Vatican isn't a state, it is not recognised as a country by the UN. To give the Pope head of state status is wrong and to give him immunity against prosecution is wrong – no-one should be above the law.'"
Ian McKellan joined the anti Pope rally in London over the weekend, and the Lord of the Rings actor wore a unique shirt to show his dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay rights. Advocate.com: Daily News
David the Dignity Dog and his tiger, which we’re told is stuffed and not real
With the paper almost three times as large as most weeks, we wrote and wrote and wrote this week but a few items didn’t make it into print. This was one of my favorites that got left out, about David the Dignity Dog who will be in Lee Park on Sunday celebrating Pride:
Among the booths in Lee Park after the Pride parade on Sunday will be the Doggy Watering Hole and Treat Station sponsored by David the Dignity Dog.
David is a 1-year-old, 100-pound bloodhound boxer mix lap dog. Speaking for David was his people Jim Davis.
He said that David cannot be trusted to hand out the treats so he, along with members of Dignity Dallas, will make sure other dogs get goodies.
Dignity is the Catholic group with outreach to the LGBT community. They meet in the chapel at Cathedral of Hope on Sundays at 6 p.m. for mass and fellowship meeting. Afterward, they go out to dinner.
Dignity will have treats for the people whom dogs bring to the booth, too. Davis said that last year they went through 1,500 Pope-sicles. He said they’ll have more on hand this year.
Davis stopped by the office earlier this week and assured us that David’s tiger is stuffed, not real.
In a radio interview Monday, Mel Gibson’s father told listeners that
the pope is gay and the Roman Catholic Church isn’t fighting marriage equality “because
half of the people there in the Vatican are queer.” Daily News
Below is a scan of an ad that ran in today’s issue of The New York Times. The ad was paid for by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and it ran on the Times’ op-ed page.
Apparently, the Catholic League is unhappy with the Times’ recent coverage of yet another sex scandal in the Catholic Church, this was reaching as high, possibly, as Pope Benedict, with some charging that the pope — back when he was Cardinal Ratzinger — participated in a cover-up of at least one instance of a priest being accused of molesting a child. So the Catholic League ran this ad that, in essence, blames the gays.
What it sounds like to me is an argument between my sons — ages 13 and almost-11 — over who is responsible for the mess in the living room: “He did it, not me!” “Nu-uh! It’s his fault!” That can go on forever, and the end result is, the mess in the living room doesn’t get cleaned up.
I think it’s time for the leaders of the Catholic Church — starting with the pope — to stand up and say, “We either messed up, or we were in charge of the people who messed up. And either way, it’s our responsibility. And we are going to clean up the mess.”