Re: virus: An open letter to John Paul II

Wade T.Smith (
Sat, 30 Jan 1999 00:52:24 -0500

>And so, every so often Pope John Paul II comes to America to get his ass
>kissed by numerous Catholics and political figures, and the press makes a
>big fuss about it.

Indeed. I thought we fought a war about getting rid of this sort of adulation. IMHO, no official from these United States should ever be involved in meeting any representative of any religious organization, and certainly not when using public funds. I would also demand any and all police protection be paid for up front, with private monies only.

We play at giving the Pope 'head of state' status, but that's bullshit.

"Being an atheist is a matter not of moral choice,
     but of human obligation." - John Fowles
      Wade T. Smith