In the US the fucking Taliban Christers would have shit fits…
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/21/german-mps-boycott-pope-speech
The pope will address the German parliament on a visit this week, but 100 MPs from opposition parties plan to stay away
A hundred MPs in Germany are planning to boycott a speech given in the German parliament by the pope on his first official visit to his homeland.
MPs from the Green, Left and Social Democratic (SPD) opposition parties have indicated they will stay away from the Bundestag during the Bavarian-born pontiff’s address on Thursday afternoon.
“A head of state who disregards labour rights, women’s rights and the right to sexual self-determination should not be allowed to address the Bundestag,” Ulla Burchardt, an SPD politician from Dortmund, told Der Spiegel.
Others take umbrage at the decision to classify the pope as a head of state rather than the head of a religion, qualifying him for the honour of addressing parliament. Rolf Schwanitz, also SPD, who used to be a minister of state under Gerhard Schröder, said it set a dangerous precedent.
“Never before has a religious leader spoken in the German Bundestag – and for good reason, both then and now. The constitution, in respect of religion and world view, obliges the state to remain neutral,” wrote Schwanitz in a Wednesday’s FT Deutschland.
Alexander Süssmair of the socialist Left party told Der Spiegel he “cannot even imagine what the democratic Federal Republic of Germany could learn from the representative of an absolute monarchy”.
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