Pope faces protests on British visit

Pope faces protests on British visit
# 03 February 2010 03:12 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain, foreign media say, APA reports citing “Panorama.am” website.

NSS president Terry Sanderson said he was seeking to bring together gay groups, feminist groups, family planning organisations, pro-choice groups and victim support groups to join the campaign.

Similar demonstrations were held when Pope John Paul II visited Britain in 1982.

""The taxpayer in this country is going to be faced with a bill of some £20 million for the visit of the Pope. A visit in which, he has already indicated, he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination," Terry Sanderson said.

"We have a petition online where people can make clear their opposition to the state funding of this visit."

Labour MEP Stephen Hughes hit back after the Pope warned that the UK Equality Bill would be unfair on religious communities.

"As a Catholic, I am appalled by the attitude of the Pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it. Inequality is at the root of many social problems. Instead of criticising the UK’s plans to improve its legislation, the Pope should ensure that existing EU legislation is properly applied in the Vatican."
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