Pope's Meddling Unacceptable, Say Atheists For Release: 31 March 1995 Contacts: AMERICAN A

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Pope's Meddling Unacceptable, Say Atheists For Release: 31 March 1995 Contacts: AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC. Jon Murray or Robin Murray-O'Hair Telephone: (512) 458-1244 American Atheists today deplored the intrusion of the pope into the affairs of sovereign nations. Jon Murray, president of American Atheists, noted that in issuing the Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) yesterday the seventy-four-year-old pope claimed to be speaking for Jesus Christ himself: . . . by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, . . . I declare . . . In the document, John Paul issued orders to 960 million Roman Catholics worldwide, demanding obedience to his commands regardless of the laws and the constitutions of the countries in which Roman Catholics live. There are 59 million Roman Catholics in the United States. "This," said Jon G. Murray, "is the height of arrogance. When the head of a foreign nation addresses our citizens and tells them that 'there is no obligation in conscience to obey the laws' of our land, that 'health workers' are 'agents of death,' and that our legislators are in 'a conspiracy against life' in passing measures for abortion and euthanasia, which he dubs 'evils no law can justify' -- he goes too far. Those women who have sought abortions, for whatsoever reason, he accuses as having 'killed an innocent human being.' The pope has no prerogative to lay sins on our American women, or to order the free citizens of the United States to either do or cease to do anything." Mr. Murray called upon Atheists in the United States to join the picketing of the pope when he addresses the United Nations on October 5. Americans Atheists will sponsor the protest to draw attention to the political meddling of the Roman Catholic church nationally and internationally. In addition to the picket, the group will hold lectures and workshops for activists and the public. The pope will be in the U.S. from October 5 to October 8. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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