Dawkins and Hitchens Want to Arrest the Pope

The two most prominent atheists are calling for the arrest of Pope Joseph Ratzinger. From the Huff Post:

The Vatican has suggested that the pope is immune to prosecution as

he is a head of state – Dawkins and Hitchens suggest that he is not

immune as the Vatican is not represented at the United Nations.

“I’m convinced we can get over the threshold of immunity,” their

lawyer Mark Stephens told The Guardian. “The Vatican is not

recognized as a state in international law. People assume that it has

existed for time immemorial but it was a construct of Mussolini, and

when the Vatican first applied to become a member of the UN, the US said

no. So as a sop they were given the status of permanent observers

rather than full members.”

While I’m all for holding the Pope to account over any crimes he may have committed or covered up, I can’t help but think that this is shameless self promotion from Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. It’s not that their rationale is wrong, it’s the fact that both men literally leap at any chance to slam religion and do it mostly to further their careers. I have a lot more respect for Dawkins given his brilliance as a scientist and desire to educate people on the wonders of evolution, but Hitchens is a shameless fraud who has, and I quote Matt Taibbi, “Had

his intellectual face lifted so many times, he can’t close his eyes

without opening his mouth.”

I’ll make a prediction here – in 5 years time, Christopher Hitchens will be a committed Christian. He won’t be a fire breathing fundamentalist, but he’ll make a new name for himself as a traditional conservative and get paid handsomely for his efforts (always the objective for Hitchens).

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.