Pope Benedict XVI in Poland 2006On his trip to the UK, Pope Benedict XVI keeps conjuring up idiotic things to say. Yesterday I blogged about his insinuation that atheists and secularists are Nazis. Today, he incorrectly whined that religion — especially Christianity — was being “marginalized.” Voice of America reports on his latest bilge (WebCite cached article):

Pope Benedict XVI voiced his concern Friday at the increasing marginalization of religion, particularly of Christianity, in a major address in Westminister Hall, attended by British politicians, businessmen and cultural leaders. …

Pope Benedict on Friday defended what he called the legitimate role of religion in the public square.

Note, this is pretty much the same mantra that the Religious Right within the US has been spewing endlessly — and erroneously — for decades. The problem is that it’s just not happening! So long as the majority of people in the occidental world are religious — which is the case — then it is logistically impossible to truly “marginalize” religion or eliminate its influence on “the public square.”

It cannot be done.

I do admit that the amount of control religion had, has been reduced. Through the Middle Ages, Christianity ran the show. It dominated people’s hearts and minds, and for a good deal of that time, it was politically dominant, as well as being psychologically dominant. Beginning with the Age of Enlightenment, however, and continuing into the 21st century, this has changed, though, and the Pope — as well as other hyperreligious folk — are not mature enough to handle it.

Just because religion no longer controls the puppet strings of society, does not mean it no longer has any influence. It simply means it’s not quite as commanding as it once was. The Pope needs to grow up, accept that, and then perhaps his Church can move into the modern era.

Photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales).

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