Roman Pope Benedict an “enemy of the state”?
Roman Pope Benedict XVI has been visiting Britain, and was met by an assorted group of protesters against his visit, among whom was one who dubbed him “an enemy of the state”. Having been an enemy of the state myself, I’d say that that’s a description to be carried with pride, rather than an insult, but we live an a topsy-turvy world, in which illiberal liberals want to destroy freedom for the sake of preserving it, and radical conservatives want to do exactly the same thing, and they hate each other’s guts for it too. I’m reminded of the old Soviet joke: “Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man; in communism, it’s the other way round.”
Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up, but here it is ‘Pope Benedict is an enemy of the state’ | spiked:
Yet just because this campaign springs from neediness rather than political clarity, that doesn’t make it endearing or entertaining. On the contrary, there is a sharp authoritarian edge. Things turned ugly outside Downing Street when Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society branded the pope an ‘enemy of the state’, giving rise to the cacophonous chant: ‘GO HOME POPE, GO HOME POPE.’ It was like a scene from 1984. I have been on many a radical demo that has challenged the branding of some group or individual as ‘enemies of the state’; but this is the first radical demo I’ve been on where the protesters themselves demanded the silencing and even expulsion from Britain of someone they decreed to be an ‘enemy of the state’. Even one-time ‘enemies of the state’ – the so-called queers and the old left – were using that criminalising phrase, that piece of political demonology, to chastise the pope. It was the world turned utterly upside down.
Hat-tip to Fr David MacGregor Contact Online Weblog: ‘Pope Benedict is an enemy of the state’.
I wonder how many of those who vociferously spewed hate at the demo would, if asked, say that they strongly opposed hate speech?
On the other hand, it was just such a motley crew of people who ganged up against Jesus and went to arrest him at Gethsemane, and executed him as an enemy of the state.