Friday, 19 March 2010
Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.
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Following on from yesterday's post on the question of the current Pope's responsibility for the Catholic child abuse scandals, I recommend you read the ever-excellent Johann Hari's latest Independent column which, in light of the reactions to the arrest of extremists accused of plotting to kill the Scandinavian Muhammad cartoonists, and allegations that the Pope may have had knowledge of an abuse cover-up in Germany, warns of the dangers of affording excessive respect to religions and exempting them from the criticism applied to all other ideas. It is, Hari argues, a situation which leads to otherwise reasonable individuals becoming apologists for child abusers and would-be axe-wielding murderers.