"They are perfectly entitled to protest. What I would ask of all of them is to do so in a dignified way, which does not disrupt the joy of the Catholic community in welcoming the pope. I hope they would show respect to those of us who do have [religious] convictions."Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society (photo), who has obviously attended few lectures, says he won't be "lectured" by the archbishop."There is a defensive tone in what [Smith] is saying," he said, adding: "We're not going to be kind to the Pope because he does not deserve to be respected."
Among the NSS's "General Principles" we find its aim is "to promote the friendship of all peoples as a means of advancing universal peace to further common cultural interests and to develop the freedom and dignity of humanity."