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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pope calls Durban II 'an important initiative'

The Israeli government has opened a web site in seven languages for the Pope's upcoming visit here. After reading this story, I have to wonder why.
Benedict said the [Durban II] conference, which ostensibly aims to fight racism and xenophobia, is an "important initiative because, even today, despite the lessons of history, such deplorable phenomena take place." Benedict told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square that "firm and concrete action is needed, at national and international levels, to prevent and eliminate every form of discrimination and intolerance."
And I'm sure that a conference led by such human rights paragons as Iran, Libya and Cuba is the perfect vehicle to eliminate racism. /sarc

The US decision to stay home is thankfully having a small domino effect. Australia and Holland announced today that they will not attend. Previously, Israel, Canada and Italy had announced that they would not attend.


At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jews call pope a stupid shmuck".

With all due respect.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

There's nothing important in an initiative that will see a Holocaust Denier, racist and anti-Semite address Durban II tomorrow. I wonder just what the Pope means.


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