Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Pope Petitions

There are three petitions on the UK Government's petition site. I have signed all three but you decide which you want to sign. I also recommend all atheist and secular bloggers promote these three petitions in their blogs, even if you are not a UK citizen and even if you disagree with some of them - you might have UK readers and you should let them decide (by all means, if you disagree, produce arguments against them - it is still up to the reader to decide the merits of your argument).

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ask the Catholic Church to pay for the proposed visit of the Pope to the UK and relieve the taxpayer of the estimated £20 million cost.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to disassociate the British government from the Pope's intolerant views ahead of the Papal visit to Britain in September 2010. We urge the Prime Minister to make it clear that his government disagrees with the Pope's opposition to women's reproductive rights, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. We ask the Prime Minister to express his disagreement with the Pope’s role in the cover-up of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy, his rehabilitation of the Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson, and his decree paving the way for the beatification and sainthood of the war-time Pope, Pius XII, who stands accused of failing to speak out against the Holocaust. We also request the Prime Minister to assure us that the Pope’s visit will not be financed by the British taxpayer.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Revoke the formal state visit given to the Pope Benedict XVI.