We've Been Blasphemed!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Protest the PopeImage by Nick Atkins Photography via Flickr
Or at least we would have been had atheism been deemed a religion as some theists wish.
Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny”  

~ Pope Benedict XVI 
 As Phil Plait put it at Bad Astronomy:
"[Pope Benedict] saying secularism and atheism = lack of virtue and morality = Nazism."

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