Catholic League: “Radical atheists like the British Humanist Association should apologize for Hitler.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue reacts to the way British atheists are handling Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to their homeland:
The pope cited Hitler today, asking everyone to “reflect on the sobering lessons of atheist extremism of the 20th century.” Immediately, the British Humanist Association got its back up, accusing the pope of “a terrible libel against those who do not believe in God.”
The pope did not go far enough. Radical atheists like the British Humanist Association should apologize for Hitler. But they should not stop there. They also need to issue an apology for the 67 million innocent men, women and children murdered under Stalin, and the 77 million innocent Chinese killed by Mao. Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all driven by a radical atheism, a militant and fundamentally dogmatic brand of secular extremism. It was this anti-religious impulse that allowed them to become mass murderers. By contrast, a grand total of 1,394 were killed during the 250 years of the Inquisition, most all of whom were murdered by secular authorities.
Donahue goes on to concede that his request is not quite sensical, but argues that it is only fair because it is analogous to asking the Pope to apologise for the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church (which the Protest the Pope campaign aren’t actually directly asking for directly, but which the Pope has done in a round-about way, anyway). That’s right: expecting the Catholic church to make some kind of amends for widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic church, or expecting the current Pope to make some kind of amends for the demonstrable coverup of the same during his own tenure in the upper echelons of Catholicism, is the same thing as expecting atheists to apologise for the actions of Nazis, Stalinists and Maoists. The amazing power of analogy!
NB: The Catholic League is not a spoof.
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