No-platform the pope

Hot news – the pope will address Congress.

Pope Francis will become the first leader of the Catholic church to address the United States Congress.

Francis will stop off in the Capitol on Sept. 24 during his week-long tour of the U.S., and speak to a joint session of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner announced the news in a Thursday morning tweet.

Why. Why will he do that. Why will the pope address Congress.

Why? Why was he invited?

Congress is the government. It’s a secular government. The pope is the head of a religious institution, and a very wicked reactionary woman-hating child-raping lawbreaking religious institution at that. Why invite him to talk to a major branch of government? Why break the long precedent of not inviting popes to address Congress?

This pisses me off. I don’t want our government sucking up to the Catholic church. It does that way too much as it is.

Down with the pope.

Update to add (on Harald’s excellent advice):


  1. says

    This is a good time to go to youtube and search for Tim Minchin’s pope song.

    There is not only the original cartoon one, there is also one with full orchestra. It is somewhat easier to hear the words in that one, and boy are they strong words.

    All together, now: “Fuck the motherfucker …”

  2. karmacat says

    Dammit, it’s going to make traffic around DC much worse. I wonder if someone could get a protest going when he comes.

  3. guest says

    Wow, and within my lifetime we were nervous about electing a Catholic president because of the evil papal mind control.

  4. Broken Things says

    So soon after the Netanyahu invitation? The Pope is the head of state of the Vatican. What next, invite Putin to address them on how to handle LGBT issues? Invite the King of Saudi Arabia to advise Congress on how to handle secular humanists?

  5. moarscienceplz says

    Maybe he’s going to Congress to exorcise demons. If so, he’s gonna be there a looooong time.

  6. johnthedrunkard says

    Will Tim, or friends, update the visuals for Frankie? The Ratso caricature WAS certainly perfect at the time.

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