There is a response from 10 D0wning Street to the PROTEST THE POPE petition submitted by Peter Tatchell. It is quite ridiculous the way the Vatican can weasel its way into being entertained by nations simply by declaring itself an independent state and gaining recognition from weak governments that fawn upon the leader of this bigotted, misogynistic religious nutter. POPE meets the MOME – the Queen. The MOME is the Head of the Church of England.
How did the Vatican – The Holy See – get such an exalted political status given that it covers such a small area/population enclave in Rome?
Here is the official response from the British government.
“The Holy See has a global reach and so is a valuable international partner for the UK Government. Our relationship with the Holy See enables us to address jointly a range of foreign policy and development issues. These include working towards delivery of the Millennium Development Goals, addressing the impacts of climate change, preventing and resolving conflict, and finding ways to encourage disarmament.
As with any bilateral diplomatic relationship, there are issues on which we disagree. The Holy See is clear on our positions on these issues. However, we believe that Pope Benedict’s visit will provide an opportunity to strengthen and build on our relationship with the Holy See in areas where we share interests and goals, and to discuss those issues on which our positions differ.
Since the visit has the status of a State Visit, and some parts of the programme are being organised by the British Government, a proportion of the costs of the Visit will fall to the Government. The costs can be divided into two categories: policing costs, which will be met by the State from existing policing budgets, and non-policing costs, which will be split between the Catholic Church and the Government. The total size of the costs at this stage is not confirmed but discussions are currently under way to decide the appropriate levels of contribution from the Government and the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and of Scotland. Other parts of the programme, such as the Masses and other pastoral events, are the responsibility of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences. The direct costs of these events will therefore be borne by the Catholic Church.”
What can this odious celibate male, whose raison d’etre is his supernatural beliefs, have to offer on “addressing the impacts of climate change, preventing and resolving conflict, and finding ways to encourage disarmament” . What the hell does this misogynist and paedophile apologist have to offer on these important issues. He is given credibility on the basis that he represents the millions of deluded people who think there is a God in charge of the world and that they are off to a paradise when they die! It is preposterous that such folk are given particular status to comment on moral or political issues.
Remember it is NOT possible for anyone of this religious persuasion to become monarch. How ludicrous that her majesty and her government are then prepared to spend millions of taxpayers revenue to entertain this religious person in the lavish style to which he is very accustomed.
Why should the taxpayers of this country have to pay for this visit given the drastic cuts in government spending. Write to your MP and local press about it and PROTEST THE POPE. Check out the website.
I HAVE ATTENDED TWO MEETINGS PROTESTING AGAINST THE PAPAL VISIT BEING A STATE VISIT AND FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYER COSTING 20-30 MILLION.
One was held in Richmond organised by the gay and lesbian group there. The platform of speakers were ALL MALE.
The second one was held at Conway Hall and was chaired by Polly Toynebee. Again the four speakers were all male. Peter tatchell spoke at both. I protested yet again at the lack of women speakers. Anthony Grayling made a crack about him being the token atheist and now suggested that, because of his abundant long hair that his this made him like the token female. – Grayling the coiffured atheist drag queen!! It reminds me of Paul O’Grady saying that he became Lily Savage because there were too many men in comedy. So the only solution is become a female impersonator, is it? These men who claim to care about inequality and male domination should do something about it. They could , for instance, insist that they will not speak unless women are equally represented on any speaking platform. I won’t get started on men trying to impersonate and pass off as women!!
It was Brown, Blair and the Labour Government who invited this misogynistic, tyrant to this country. Shame on them for pushing a most divisive, religious agenda on Britain. It is a mockery of democracy that the Pope is coming on a state visit and being treated like a President/Prime Minister of his tinpot state with a population of about 800 people- mostly men. It is a travesty that he has a place as a political leader of a statelet on the UN. The Pope as head of the Vatican City State and The Holy See is wrongly recognised by 178 nations.
LETS ALL PROTEST THIS STATE VISIT AND ITS COST TO US TAXPAYERS.