[Richard Dawkins] then, of course, spoke of priests “buggering altar boys.” Maybe it’s sexual repression that makes Catholic-bashers so fascinated with this particular horror, but it’s interesting that many of the same people who want to lower the age of consent for gay sex to 14 become so allegedly upset about abusive homosexual clergy. Apparently it’s OK to bugger teenagers as long as they’re not altar boys. (…)
Then the New York Times ran a column calling the Pope — try to be more original — “God’s Rottweiler” and referred to him as being a member of the Hitler Youth. Yes, he was. As was almost every young German. Unlike most, however, he was an anti-Nazi and his father risked his life opposing fascism. If only the American and Canadian governments had been as pre-emptive and brave in their defence of the Jews and condemnation of Hitler. (…)
Yet it’s all such a compliment. Because, with all due respect, nobody really cares enough about the Anglicans, the United Church, their American cousins and the rest of the moribund group to hate them or even criticize them.
If you stand for nothing, you’re not worth attacking. Every insult is a victory, every libel a win, every lying vulgarity a triumph. Thank you, thank you, thank you.