The Ministry of Truth (Minitrue)

Resplendent in Newspeak and Doublethink.

‘Relief-O-Matic’, Bloomsbury Theatre

What a great show it was. The last night of the Proms for atheists. Three hours of excellent comedy and poignant speeches, and all for £15 (of which all proceeds were going to AIDS charities in Africa). Compered by Robin Ince and Nick Doody, it was stimulating mix of comedy relevant to the Pope’s upcoming visit to the UK, in juxtaposition with thoughtful, strong and incontrovertible evidence of the cataclysmic cover-up in the Catholic Church of child abuse cases, the indignant refusal to accept that the use of condoms prevents the spread of AIDS & HIV, the rampant homophobic and mysogonistic attitudes of the clergy, from Pope Benedict downwards and so on.

To be more specific, these are THE CHARGES:

  • Opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of AIDS
  • Promoting segregated education
  • Denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women
  • Opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people
  • Failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation.
  • Rehabilitating the holocaust denier bishop Richard Williamson and the appeaser of Hitler, the war-time Pope, Pius XII.
  • As for the guests, we were in for a treat. Aside from Ince and Doody, the comedy came from Tim Minchin (the ‘surprise’ guest!), Ed Byrne, Natalie Haynes, Tony Hawkes, Horse & Louis, Richard Herring, Andy Zaltzman and the BHA Choir, who gave a rousing rendition of ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred’. Peppered between these acts were passionate, stirring and emotional speeches from Johan Hari, Ben Goldacre and Peter Tatchell, who is spearheading the ‘Protest The Pope‘ campaign and march on Saturday. Whilst it could be argued that last night was somewhat an attempt to preach to the choir, it was an opportunity for those of us against the Papal visit to get together and be in unison, even more so on Saturday where I believe there will be more people in London than those who have bought tickets to see the Ol’Ratzy the Nazi.

    Here are some important links:

    http://www.protest-the-pope.org.uk/

    http://www.humanism.org.uk/home


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    September 14, 2010 - Posted by | General Musings, Life

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