Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Enough With The Scholar Defense

The Pope is no more a scholar than George Bush is an historian.
 
A scholar does not take one sentence, centuries old, and present it with no context to listeners with no background.  This is doubly, triply, or quadruply true when the sentence, uttered by a critic and foe of a religion, is used to characterize the religion.  Nothing, in fact, could be further from any possible meaning of scholarship.
 
You knew that, of course.  That the church of the Inquisition, the church of the Irish civil wars, the church that smuggled Nazi priests out of Croatia after WW II, that this church should remind us of the past, is the height of imprudence.  We're having enough trouble dealing with what that church did to little boys in our own state in the 50s and 60s.  That's what the Pope would do well to remember.

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