Religion: Paisley and The Pope

Paisley and The Pope

Pope John Paul II had just begun his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week when Northern Ireland's hard-line Protestant leader the Rev. Ian Paisley stood up and unfurled a red placard that read POPE JOHN PAUL II ANTICHRIST. In case that was not clear enough, Paisley roared, "Antichrist! I renounce you and all your cults and creeds." The Pope gave a slight, bemused smile while members of the Parliament shouted Paisley down. A brief scuffle broke out as they dragged him from the chamber.

Outside, Paisley, who heads the Democratic Unionist Party and has a reputation more for...

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