Benedict XVI used the first papal state visit to Britain today to launch a blistering attack on "atheist extremism" and "aggressive secularism", and to rue the damage that "the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life" had done in the last century.Why without atheist extremism the bums of countless little boys would have remained uninvaded.
The leader of the Roman Catholic church concluded a speech, made before the Queen and assembled dignitaries at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, with the argument that the Nazi desire to eradicate God had led to the Holocaust and a plea for 21st century Britain to respect its Christian foundations.And of course the first foreign treaty the Nazis signed was with the Vatican. The Vatican's negotiator later became Pius XII.
What's that mikey?
Perhaps he was so enamored of his pretty hat and beautiful shoes that he failed to notice the irony dripping off his words like rain on your wedding day.BURN:
A speech in which the Pope appeared to associate atheism with the Nazis has prompted criticism from humanist organisations.
However, the Catholic Church has moved to play down the controversy, saying the Pope knew "rather well what the Nazi ideology is about".