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The Pope, Humanism and Hitler

"As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 21st century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society".

This is the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI's speech today, with which the British Humanist Society has been so offended. Nice to have the boot on the other foot, and use the "intolerance" card to show the aggressive atheist and secular agenda for what it is. The Pope knows about the Nazis. He was in the Hitler Youth, and deserted from the army of the 3rd Reich towards the end of the war.

As Mark washed the dishes and I sat on the sofa reading about all this, Mark made the point that people only ever (try to) get rid of God so that they can do evil. So, although no papist myself, it is great to have someone with such a platform pointing these things out. Nice one, Benedict old man.