Government must ban the Pope from visiting Britain
Cranmer thanks Jesus, Mary and Joseph that the Pope has more sense than to help prop up the most anti-Christian government of modern times.
Or has the Pope declined for another reason?
His Holiness must be aware of recent decisions to ban the Dutch politician Geert Wilders from entering the UK for his manifestly moderate views on Islam; and the much beloved Baptists of Westboro for their utterly reasonable views on homosexuality. Perhaps the Pope has reflected on the proximity of their beliefs to his own.
Consider his clear condemnation of homosexuality. He says that it ‘shall always be condemned, because it is against the nature of man; and it is a violation of all human morality, and shall not be tolerated by the Eternal Father in the Trinity’. It is a ‘moral evil’ and even the inclination is an ‘objective disorder’. Those who indulge in the perversion without repentance are guilty of mortal sin and will go to hell.
This is homophobic and hateful, and likely to incite Peter Tatchell and his (few) friends to spout their usual demands for 'gay marriage', or accuse His Holiness of 'crucifying queers' with his bigotry and prejudice. The Pope's views on this matter have been widely reported, and even equated with the 'extremism' of the BNP.
But His Holiness also has ‘extreme’ views on abortion, for he wishes it to be banned outright, which is a tad extreme. He asserts that is a ‘grave sin’ for it is also mortal, and those who participate in it, facilitate it, or legislate in favour of it are in danger of eternal separation from God in Hell. This is not very sympathetic to the suffering endured by women and young girls (or politicians), and might even constitute undue pressure upon them to reconsider their enlightened decisions. Moreover, the Pope tends to excommunicate those who participate in, facilitate or legislate for abortion, which is a hateful and discriminatory act, and seeks to undermine the law of the land.
He seeks to ban contraception, for it is also a mortal sin. This attitude is more than a little naïve in an era of STIs and over-population. It is also irresponsible as the Government attempts to spread the ‘safe sex’ message to British teenagers and Alfie Patten.
He also opposes sex equality, insisting that women are excluded from some jobs and positions in society merely by virtue of their gender. This is manifestly misogynistic, and contrary to the law of the land. Further, he insists on a weird cult of celibacy, which has been known to lead to acts of adultery, homosexuality and paedophilia. This is, at best, unnatural; at worst, morally depraved.
He has offended Jews by restoring a holocaust denier to the Catholic fold and by re-affirming the Good Friday prayer which calls for their conversion. This is religious intolerance and hatred.
He has offended Muslims with his speech in Regensburg in which he said that Mohammed spread his religion by the sword. This is the plainest articulation of religious hatred, and risks inciting 10,000 Muslims to protest wherever His Holiness might speak.
He is equally clear in his repudiation of the Anglican Church, to which he derisorily refers as a mere ‘ecclesial community’, preaching hate with his reiteration of the assertion that its holy orders are ‘absolutely null and utterly void’. This must mean that he is of the opinion that Her Majesty is deluded if she believes herself to be Supreme Governor of any kind of church. This is plainly offensive to all Anglicans, monarchists and British patriots.
It is the official view of the Home Office that it will ban individuals who have 'engaged in unacceptable behaviour by inciting hatred against a number of communities'. They will 'stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country'. These people do not have to have been found guilty of preaching violence, nor do they have to have overtly expressed 'hatred' to any group or community. They simply have to be perceived as having done so or likely to do so.
Cranmer is therefore persuaded that the real reason Pope Benedict did not accept Gordon Brown’s invitation to visit the UK is because His Holiness knew that the Home Secretary would ban him from entering the country anyway.
Which is what she now routinely does to anyone professing ‘extreme’ views of any kind, especially those which might offend the Muslim or homosexual communities.