Socialists Call for Pope's Arrest in Australia
A coalition of leftist interest groups is planning quite a welcome for the Pope when he goes to Australia for World Youth Day:
A SOCIALIST youth organisation has called for a citizen's arrest of the Pope when he arrives in Sydney for World Youth Day (WYD) next month.(emphasis added)
Resistance, a member of the NoToPope Coalition, is advocating the pontiff's arrest on the basis of his continued stand against contraception.
Resistance spokeswoman Lauren Carroll Harris said the Pope's view constituted a conspiracy to murder, because the church's opposition to condoms leads to more people becoming infected with HIV.
Under Australian law, anyone can make a citizens arrest if they believe, on reasonable grounds, a person is committing or has just committed an offence.
"This short-sighted and dogmatic stance towards both contraception use and education has placed millions of people around the world in great danger of contracting the deadly HIV virus," she said in a statement.
"Without access to contraception many more lives will be lost needlessly every day around the globe."
The NoToPope Coalition, which includes members of Sydney's atheist, gay and environmental communities, plans to hand out condoms to pilgrims during the event, which runs from July 15 to 20.
Pope Benedict XVI is due to arrive in Sydney on July 13 for his first visit to Australia.