Peter Tatchell’s admission reveals his plan to arrest the Holy Father was nonsense from start to finish

The Independent newspaper reports that Peter Tatchell, and Protest the Pope, concede that Pope Benedict is recognised by the British Government as a Head of State and therefore has sovereign immunity.

‘Many of its leading members have previously said they want to the pontiff to be prosecuted for “crimes against humanity”. But after taking legal advice, members of the group admitted there would be no attempt to arrest the Pope because he is protected as a head of state.
“The Pope has sovereign immunity from prosecution under British law; it wouldn’t work,” said Peter Tatchell, the human rights activist who has previously tried to perform citizen’s arrests on the Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and the former US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger.

Tatchell added “It’s not for want of wishing or trying.”

Protect the Pope comment: Peter Tatchell, the homosexual activist who speaks approvingly of consenting child-adult sexual relationships, is becoming a more ridiculous figure by the day. The original claim he, Dawkins and others, made that the Holy Father has committed ‘crimes against humanity’ was patently absurd and ludicrous. But still serious media, like CNN, gave it coverage. Now Tatchell, outside the Metropolitan Police Headquarters, is forced to admit that his plan to arrest the Holy Father is a nonsense and still the media take this clown seriously when he says,’”It’s not for want of wishing or trying.”  None of them start questioning his credibility or the veracity of his calumnies against the Holy Father, instead they just keep repeating them with a straight face. Incredible!

8 comments to Peter Tatchell’s admission reveals his plan to arrest the Holy Father was nonsense from start to finish

  • louella

    How can a 14 year old give consent to paedophiliac advances?! Oh of course – by plying them with CDs and i-pods!!! Tatchell should be arrested for attempting to make a vile and evil act legal – and leaving children at the mercy of evil paedophiles.

    What creepy odd balls we have as pillars of our society!! He should be arrested!

  • Karla

    Tatchell should be arrested for saying that he knew people who had sex with underage children. That is covering up abuse is it not? He should have to disclose the names of people that have done this that he knows about and they should be arrested.

    • louella

      I thorougly agree. It’s a wonder no one has mentioned it!!

      • Karla

        Because he’s non religious and gay. Think if this was a Catholic in the mainstream media and this Catholic had said these things, front page news

    • Tim H

      “Tatchell should be arrested for saying that he knew people who had sex with underage children. ”

      Er, that is not what he said. He said he knows people (who are presumably adults now) who had sex when they were underage with adults.

      He never claimed to know the abusers just the victims (who he claimed did not self-identify as victims, although I’m note sure that there is much relevence in that)

      All sounds dodgy to me, but if you are going to smear someone, get the facts right.

      • Karla

        BYLINE: Peter Tatchell.
        SECTION: THE GUARDIAN FEATURES PAGE; Pg. 22
        LENGTH: 480 words

        ROS Coward (Why Dares to Speak says nothing useful, June 23) thinks it is “shocking” that Gay Men’s Press has published a book, Dares To Speak, which challenges the assumption that all sex involving children and adults is abusive. I think it is courageous.

        The distinguished psychologists and anthropologists cited in this book deserve to be heard. Offering a rational, informed perspective on sexual relations between younger and older people, they document examples of societies where consenting inter-generational sex is considered normal, beneficial and enjoyable by old and young alike.

        Prof Gilbert Herdt points to the Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea, where all young boys have sex with older warriors as part of their initiation into manhood. Far from being harmed, Prof Herdt says the boys grow up to be happy, well-adjusted husbands and fathers.

        The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13. None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.

        While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.

        Peter Tatchell.
        Rockingham Street,
        London SE1.

        LOAD-DATE: June 26, 1997

        I have got my facts straight. What he is saying is that he has friends, friends are people he knows who had had sex with underage children, and then he goes on to defend it. He is covering up abuse himself.

        • Tim H

          Er no. “Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13.” this is a statement that he knows VICTIMS of abuse not the ABUSERS. If he knew the abusers and kept quiet about their identity he would indeed be covering up abuse, but your suggestion that he is is simply not covered by the facts.

          • Karla

            He then goes on to say that he doesn’t think all sex between children and adults is abusive, which is advocating pedophilia. The man is advocating pedophilia. Peter Hitchens even evaluates this in his column: = http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2010/09/who-said-not-all-sex-involving-children-is-unwanted-and-abusive-answer-the-popes-biggest-british-cri.html

            ”For on June 26, 1997, Mr Tatchell wrote a start ling letter to the Guardian newspaper.

            In it, he defended an academic book about ‘Boy-Love’ against what he saw as calls for it to be censored.

            When I contacted him on Friday, he emphasised that he is ‘against sex between adults and children’ and that his main purpose in writing the letter had been to defend free speech.

            He told me: ‘I was opposing calls for censorship generated by this book. I was not in any way condoning paedophilia.’

            Personally, I think he went a bit further than that. He wrote that the book’s arguments were not shocking, but ‘courageous’.

            He said the book documented ‘examples of societies where consenting inter-generational sex is considered normal’.

            He gave an example of a New Guinea tribe where ‘all young boys have sex with older warriors as part of their initiation into manhood’ and allegedly grow up to be ‘happy, well-adjusted husbands and fathers’.

            And he concluded: ‘The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures.

            ‘Several of my friends – gay and straight, male and female – had sex with adults from the ages of nine to 13.

            ‘None feel they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy.

            ‘While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.’

            Well, it’s a free country. And I’m rather grateful that Mr Tatchell, unlike most of his allies, is honest enough to discuss openly where the sexual revolution may really be headed.”

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