Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Nope To The Pope
Anti-Papist Protest In The Big Smoke
"Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false."
- Bertrand Russell

So I generally take a pretty live-and-let-live attitude toward religious people and clerics. As regards the Pope's current state visit to Britain, my position is probably that he should be allowed to visit Britain like pretty much anyone else, but no particular fuss should be made. (*) Fuss in my view would also include protests.

That said, I happen to be on the mailing list for the British Humanists and they're having a little march and rally tomorrow, from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall. Richard Dawkins is speaking at the rally, and I can't really resist that. Details here:

Totally last-minute, of course. But if you're interested in meeting up, please drop me a communique of some sort. (Both so we can hook up and so that I definitely drag myself out of bed.)

I also, not entirely incidentally, once had occasion to do some significant research on the history, and particularly the finances, of the Holy See, for my second book. (Pages 200-201 in, I think, all editions.) Pretty shocking stuff there.

And finally, regarding his Holiness, and protesting visit of same, I will stoop to pointing out – though, like most temptations, this one is probably to be resisted – that there does seem to be increasing evidence that Ratzinger has more or less been serving as the ringleader for a ring of child rapists for some time now. And it's kind of hard to feel very live-and-let-live about child rapists, nor about those who cover up for child rapists and shuffle them around to new dioceses so they can rape more children. It's also hard to be not-quite-cognizant of all of this if one reads, as I read, quite a lot of Christopher Hitchens:

A Call for Earthly Justice
Holding the Catholic Church accountable for its crimes
by Christopher Hitchens

The Roman Catholic Church holds it better for the cries of raped and violated children to be ignored, and for the excuses and alibis of their rapists and torturers indulged, and for a host of dirty and wilful untruths to be manufactured wholesale, and for the funds raised ostensibly for the poor to be paid out in hush money and shameful bribery, rather than that one tiny indignity or inconvenience be visited on the robed majesty of a man-made church or any limit set to its self-proclaimed right to be judge in its own cause.

Hitch has a whole series of relentless and remorseless pieces on this topic: here, here, and here, for instance. However, if you're on the market for some really time-efficient and really blistering indictments of the Catholic Church, plus total ass-kicking rhetoric and polemics, you couldn't really do better than these wonderful ten-minute video diatribes:

And if you liked part 1, or even if you didn't, you're really going to want to watch part 2. Wow. The big guns enfilade without mercy.

I expect the Catholic Church does nice things, too. (My favourite grandmother, a stunningly lovely person, for instance is a devout Catholic.) If I have a soul, perhaps I'll devote a dispatch to the good works of the Church . . . In the least case, I should probably be spending your attention on causes I care more urgently about. (Foremostly, the survival of the Israeli Jews, and the threat of their nuclear annihilation by the Iranian clerics, and the world's seeming indifference to same . . .)


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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (2014); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of spec-ops zombie apocalypse dark action thrillers. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
DON'T SHOOT ME IN THE ASS, AND OTHER STORIES by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
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