Friday, September 15, 2006

Papal screwhead

Okay, there's a ton of noise about what the placeholder pope Benedict, a.k.a. Joseph Ratslinger, said this week to infuriate Islam:

"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread the faith by the sword, he preached."

What about what the geriatric pope said to piss off your Uncle Salad?

"The world’s profoundly religious cultures see this exclusion from the divine, from the universality of reason as an attack on their most profound convictions .... A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures."

I get it -- Benedict's fondest hope for humanity is that it embraces faith as a means of dealing with one another. Sounds reasonable to me. I was just thinking what the planet Earth needs right now is people sealing themselves off from reason and relying on dogma, as opposed to observing shifting currents and employing facts as their guide. We're so much better off investing in archaic belief systems that don't acknowledge things like homosexuality, shellfish, and birth control, as opposed to the secular human interaction which addresses what actually propitiates human civilization.

I'm on board.

By the way, did the Roman Catholics have to pick a Hitler Youth as the pope? C'mon, there were SO MANY other non-former-fascist choices, and yet they went with the draconian ex-Nazi.