The always controversial Spiked dedicated a number or articles attacking the hostility to the pope’s visit from secularists. In The White Atheists’ Burden: save the savages Brendan O’Neill argues that blaming the pope for spreading AIDS in Africa is based on colonial-style prejudices. And Frank Furedi criticises the Crusade against the pope: an Inquisition-in-Reverse. The rest of the articles are here.
In Wired David Dobbs looks at an interesting variation on the famous trolley problem involving race: Kill Whitey. It’s the Right Thing to Do.
NPR’S Talk of the Nation looked at how autists fare as they grow older: Making The World Work For Adults With Autism
On Radio 3’s Night Waves Philip Dodd, one of my favourite interviewers, has an extended conversation with Tony Blair. The former Labour leader has just published his much anticipated memoir, “A Journey” and Dodd grills him about his attitudes to politics, money, socialism, his faith, his personal qualities and his reflections on his time at number 10 now that he has been out of office for three years.