Sunday, September 02, 2007

Polly Toynbee - up there with Papa Ratzi


The Guardianista Polly Toynbee is the new president of the British Humanist Association (BHA) "which does not accept supernatural views of reality." I have every confidence Polly will match religious zealotry with her practised irreligious zealotry, judging by a radio interview this morning. She resents, for example, the power of the religious in the Lords to shape legislation on euthanasia: she would have such matters entirely decided by supporters of the BHA who - funnily enough - favour euthanasia. The priests of the BHA are called officiants; its commandments are called bylaws. It repudiates "authoritarian principles" except those - in effect - that would deprive a religious person of any power or influence. The Pope, Papa Ratzi, would feel at home in such as organisation, but for the details.

British Humanism - click here and evangelise for a better Polly-cratic future.

Given the BHA's likeness to a religious organisation - officiants, bylaws etc - it's only right that they have a Christ-like secular icon. David Beckham is an obvious nomination.

5 comments:

Duralex said...

<< she would have such matters entirely decided by supporters of the BHA who - funnily enough - favour euthanasia. >>

How about thinking a little before typing such ready-made nonsense, chérie ? It's obvious you never suffered from an incurable cancer, for example.

Madame Arcati said...

Do you have incurable cancer Duralex? No, I didn't think so. If you ever do - and let's hope that never happens - be assured it will be the relatives who push for termination more than anyone else. Medical care can be costly; and a long-drawn-out illness is such a nuisance. No one should ever feel obliged to be killed off for the convenience of friends and relatives.

Anonymous said...

God I hate Toynbee. When we both worked at the Indy she would get in the lift smoking and shoot everyone a 'don't you know who I am' look if anyone started choking on her cigarette smoke. And we were 18 floors up. She really needs to get over herself....

Liz said...

Shouldn't be obliged to be killed off for the convenience of the hospital either MA.

Last year my family was persuaded that my old mother should have 'do not resuscitate' added to her notes as she lay allegedly dying in a grubby ward, having suffered several strokes.

Fortunately, even hospital inflicted MRSA couldn't finish her off and she now reposes in a rather nice nursing home for which the family has forced the NHS to pay.

Just think how much money they would have saved if she had died!

Madame Arcati said...

Do tell more about Toynbee. I love the space between tidy words on the page and the visceral snarling reality of the personality. Bathe me in details.

And Liz, let's do that interview soon ... I am fascinated.