Re: [humanism-174] Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI

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Sent on: Sunday, April 11, 2010 11:05 AM
UPDATE

-Comment #478580 by Richard Dawkins on April 11, 2010 at 8:48 am 
Needless to say, I did NOT say "I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI" or anything so personally grandiloquent. You have to remember that The Sunday Times is a Murdoch newspaper, and that all newspapers follow the odd custom of entrusting headlines to a sub-editor, not the author of the article itself. 

What I DID say to Marc Horne when he telephoned me out of the blue, and I repeat it here, is that I am whole-heartedly behind the initiative by Geoffrey Robertson and Mark Stephens to mount a legal challenge to the Pope's proposed visit to Britain. Beyond that, I declined to comment to Marc Horme, other than to refer him to my 'Ratzinger is the Perfect Pope' article here:http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5341 

Here is what really happened. Christopher Hitchens first proposed the legal challenge idea to me on March 14th. I responded enthusiastically, and suggested the name of a high profile human rights lawyer whom I know. I had lost her address, however, and set about tracking her down. Meanwhile, Christopher made the brilliant suggestion of Geoffrey Robertson. He approached him, and Mr Robertson's subsequent 'Put the Pope in the Dock' article in The Guardian shows him to be ideal: 
http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5366 
The case is obviously in good hands, with him and Mark Stephens. I am especially intrigued by the proposed challenge to the legality of the Vatican as a sovereign state whose head can claim diplomatic immunity. 

Even if the Pope doesn't end up in the dock, and even if the Vatican doesn't cancel the visit, I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope's visit, let alone pay for it. 

Richard

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5415

--- On Sun, 4/11/10, Richard <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Richard <[address removed]>
Subject: [humanism-174] Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 1:01 PM

Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI 

RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain ���for crimes against humanity���.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7094310.ece

UN judge calls for prosecution of Pope Benedict

Geoffrey Robertson, a renowned human rights lawyer and United Nations jurist, wants to see Pope Benedict put on trial for allegedly protecting predator priests.

In a Guardian UK piece making its rounds this week in Catholic circles, Robertson demanded the pope be "put in the dock" so that the church might "feel the full weight of international law" over its thousands of pedophilia scandals.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0410/judge-calls-prosecution-pope-benedict/








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