The charges against Sydney Atheists member Ian Bryce for driving a fake pope mobile have been dropped! This is a victory for free speech, and against blind reverence of religious figures.
"I was setting out to inform," he said.
"The purpose of the pope-mobile was the draw the media attention and
the public's attention to the false claims and the very bad actions of
the Pope and the Church in coming here for World Youth Day, which I
believe is in effect a latter day crusade."
Mr Bryce says he had a barrister and solicitor from the NSW Council
of Civil Liberties, which he believes persuaded the police to drop the
"It was against the Pope's claims to have supernatural authority, and
all the harm he's doing in the world in banning condoms and trying to
avoid family planning," he said.
"And now he's said that gays are an equal threat to mankind as
climate change, and I can't for the life of me see what harm they're
Originally posted by Nathan Dunn