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AlphaAndΩmegaman's Avatar Comment 1 by AlphaAndΩmegaman

Daily Hitchens is the best youtube channel!

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:02:00 UTC | #459044

Dean Buchanan's Avatar Comment 2 by Dean Buchanan

Justice is coming

For those who follow the line that says something like "it will never happen so why bother?" I say "lead, follow, or get out of the way".
go Hitch and Richard!!
PS where can I send my donation?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:10:00 UTC | #459045

Diacanu's Avatar Comment 3 by Diacanu

*Deep belly laugh*

Oh, yes.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:14:00 UTC | #459046

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 5 by NewEnglandBob

Something unusual happening all over world - reason is breaking out!

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:21:00 UTC | #459050

The Plc's Avatar Comment 4 by The Plc

Brilliant, just brilliant. Showing no sympathy for the devil.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:21:00 UTC | #459049

bethe123's Avatar Comment 6 by bethe123

Looks like there's a new sheriff in town and justice is coming...

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:28:00 UTC | #459052

prolibertas's Avatar Comment 7 by prolibertas

The 'it will never happen so why bother' response is so pathetic. They could've said the same about slavery, women's equality, democracy and a whole host of other things. You never know if it will never happen unless you try. And even if there is no hope that it will happen, make a goddamn stand anyway! This is about child-rapists and child-rapist-protectors, for fuck's sake.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:31:00 UTC | #459055

Michael P.'s Avatar Comment 8 by Michael P.

Can't wait to see how this plays out.

Oh, and HAPPY 61st BIRTHDAY Hitch!

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:55:00 UTC | #459060

Notstrident's Avatar Comment 9 by Notstrident

Happy Birthday, Christopher, and many many many many many more. I just had my own birthday. I am older than you, so statistically I will die before you do, and that's the way I want it. I don't want to be on this planet if you're not here.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:03:00 UTC | #459067

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 10 by Cook@Tahiti

There was a similar call for the arrest of Tony Blair, and it never happened despite donations being sent in and volunteers to make a citizens arrest.
Would love to see both events happen though. It would be a day the world changed.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:08:00 UTC | #459069

Psychodelicate's Avatar Comment 11 by Psychodelicate

I still like the idea of Dawkins ambushing the Pope with a pair of handcuffs, but whatever works.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:08:00 UTC | #459070

helena!'s Avatar Comment 12 by helena!

Yup reason is not a virus like religion but it does appear to be spreading. Hitchens is a hero here. No one is giving a voice for the victims except atheists.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:20:00 UTC | #459075

mlgatheist's Avatar Comment 13 by mlgatheist

It is stupid to call the Vatican a sovereign state. It is just a large building. The billion Catholics are NOT citizens of the Vatican. They are members of the Catholic Church.

It is time that all religions lose the exemptions to generally applicable laws everywhere. Those that have worked to protect criminals should be held accountable.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:27:00 UTC | #459078

trfreitas's Avatar Comment 14 by trfreitas

Bad boys bad boys
Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
when they come for you...


Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:28:00 UTC | #459079

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 15 by Cook@Tahiti

13. Comment #479709 by mlgatheist

>It is time that all religions lose the exemptions to generally applicable laws everywhere

This issue has been going on for 1000 years. It was in AD1170 that Beckett was murdered, ultimately for wanting to keep his clergy from being tried in secular courts. The church had its own ecclesiastical courts which were much more lenient.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:30:00 UTC | #459082

BirdofPrey's Avatar Comment 16 by BirdofPrey

I'd love to see the pope arrested. But, come on... justice is not coming. The pope won't get arrested. the Boo's from outside won't make a difference to him.
Anyway, it's worth the try.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:39:00 UTC | #459085

Daisy Skipper's Avatar Comment 17 by Daisy Skipper

Notstrident: that made me laugh out loud. Oh, I mean LOL.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:40:00 UTC | #459086

Dean Buchanan's Avatar Comment 18 by Dean Buchanan

how do you move a 'meme'?

we are witnessing it regardless of the outcome

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:49:00 UTC | #459088

Paris Price's Avatar Comment 19 by Paris Price

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:04:00 UTC | #459094

Detlef's Avatar Comment 20 by Detlef

Happy Birthday!

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:06:00 UTC | #459097

themajorpayne's Avatar Comment 21 by themajorpayne

Simply put more and more pressure should be put on this establishment (i.e. The Vatican) to be held accountable. The Vatican may think this is some sort of "witch hunt" which is rather ironic when that defense comes from the Catholic Church, but this isn't a witch hunt, or publicity stunt. This is about justice.

The evidence is so overwhelming and these crimes crisscross the globe affecting many countries, and further many of these atrocities occurred in countries where the jurisprudence is quite clear on these types of felonies. There are certainly criminal cases where at the very least non-Catholic religious leaders have been charged, tried, and convicted so just waving some Holy Writ in people’s faces as a free pass for immunity is not good enough. There are laws that have been broken and those responsible for the actions and the subsequent cover up should be held accountable no matter how high up the management chain.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:10:00 UTC | #459099

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 22 by Cook@Tahiti

The whole idea that some categories of people are immune from the law makes no sense in a modern globalised world.

Why are diplomats exempt from the law? Even for murder.

Why does the USA not ratify the International Criminal Court?

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:17:00 UTC | #459101

Michael Gray's Avatar Comment 23 by Michael Gray

To those who are prepared to abandon this vital move via a pathetic sense of hopelessness:
Get out of our way and shut up.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:33:00 UTC | #459105

Carl Sai Baba's Avatar Comment 24 by Carl Sai Baba

I suspect that Hitchens will be on TV a lot for the next few months.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:36:00 UTC | #459108

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 25 by Cook@Tahiti

16. Comment #479716 by BirdofPrey

>Anyway, it's worth the try.

I think the best we can 'realistically' expect is a resignation, rather than an arrest.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:47:00 UTC | #459112

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 26 by Crazycharlie

So what if Ratzi is never arrested. Richard and Hitch are keeping up the pressure and focus on 'The Church', and Ratzi himself, for the crime of protecting and sheltering child rapists. It's high-time outrage at this travesty and injustice is publicly directed at the church hierarchy. Such crimes will never again be easily hidden or swept under the rug like in the past.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:48:00 UTC | #459113

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 27 by Crazycharlie

Rtambree comment#479743-

How does the vicar of Christ on Earth resign? I know he was elected by the cardinals, but still, didn't Jebus have a hand in Ratzi being elected too?

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:54:00 UTC | #459116

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 28 by aquilacane

"Justice is coming."

Great tagline.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:19:00 UTC | #459128

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 29 by aquilacane

Comment #479747 by Crazycharlie

"How does the vicar of Christ on Earth resign? I know he was elected by the cardinals, but still, didn't Jebus have a hand in Ratzi being elected too?"

No, Jebus is dead, if he ever lived. To resign from any job, you just pack your shit and walk.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:22:00 UTC | #459130

davidlewis's Avatar Comment 30 by davidlewis

I don’t know who the man in the funny hat is, but the one standing next to him holding handcuffs is Richard Dawkins.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:29:00 UTC | #459132