They’re still planning to set up an Ask an Atheist booth nearby the parade route to help dispel stereotypes people may have about them, and my favorite part may be these shirts that the group designed for the occasion:
Rather than immediately rushing to analyze Pope Francis‘ views regarding homosexuality — as if they should be any surprise — I have found it illuminating to follow the commentary of traditionalist Catholics on today’s events.
White smoke finally billowed over Vatican City today to announce that Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been selected as the new Pope.
There’s already a bit of controversy surrounding his election. As the first Latin-American Pope, Bergoglio honored his Italian and Argentinian heritage by choosing for himself the name Pope Francis I, rather than taking the name Benedict from his predecessor. Some say the name change may signal a “new chapter” for the Catholic Church.
But gay rights advocates say there’s nothing new about this Pope’s attitudes toward LGBT people. [Read more...]