Laurie Penny loses the plot, wants to be Pope

We're sure it's supposed to be funny, but Laurie Penny's latest rant displays her pitiful arrogance and resounding lack of wit

by Media Hawk on 11 February 2013 16:13

"Dear Vatican, I would love to be Pope", writes the increasingly irrelevant Laurie Penny on the pages of the New Statesman.

Of course, if she's irrelevant, why would I take the time to blog about her? Well, if it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty irrelevant too, so it's kind of a 'takes one to know one' deal. 

Of course, Laurie's trying to be funny in stating that she has a GCSE in Latin and a "collection of ridiculous hats" in her piece on the Pope's resignation. But her response, in fact, the most prominent New Statesman article on the matter, shows how her shouty outlet and her shouty mouth are always willing to score cheap points on the issues of the day, rather than debate them in a substantial manner.

Penny, who left the New Statesman as they removed "shouty" elements last year, including the likes of Mehdi Hasan, has returned to absurdity (albeit through obscurity) since ditching The Independent and worming her way back to the Staggers.

She's known well of course for her public hissy fits and quick-fire accusations of bigotry. Today's rant about the Pope's resignation is no different. She think she's making some 'bold' statement about the Catholic Church, but indeed she sounds, and writes, like a 13-year-old schoolgirl angry about being dumped, scrawling hateful messages in her homework diary:

"The fact that I don’t believe in God might be considered an impediment. However, lack of personal faith in the existence of a supreme being has never stopped world leaders from, for example, waging Holy War in His name. Indeed, some might consider the basic principles of compassion and charity for all men and women an obstacle to the vital duties of discouraging condom use, opposing women’s right to choose and providing cod-spiritual justification for the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Not being a Christian, all I have to stop me spreading dogmatic misogyny and homophobia in the name of morality is my own personal sense of what’s right and wrong, and we all know how that goes, don’t we?"

Now, I'm an atheist, so don't get me wrong - there's a lot on which I disagree with the Catholic Church. But if we're really about to enter into discussions about the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, surely we can do better than this?

I mean, are we really going to take lessons in morality from a jumped-up public schoolgirl who "joined a burlesque troupe" to fuel her attention-craving? 

Seems like she's getting all the attention she wants nowadays.

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