According to the BBC, human rights lawyers in the UK are preparing charges against Pope Benedict XVI for his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. It seems like all Dawkins and Hitchens are asking for is that the Pope be treated as any other individual would suspected of such crimes. How did this get to become even mildly controversial? Aren't we supposed to be treated equally under the law?
It is telling that the few Catholic leaders who have spoken out have been reprimanded by their church. Evidently, one must not question the church even when it comes to raping children.
This isn't about atheists trying to stick it to religion; it is about justice. What I cannot figure out is why those of us unfettered by religious delusion seem to be alone in calling for accountability. Is the smoke screen of religion really that thick?
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