Weekly Roundup: The Atheism 2.0 Edition

Welcome to the last Sunday edition of The Weekly Roundup (for now at least):

Why the Exeter Cathedral Green?

From The BBC Website:

Occupy camp at Exeter Cathedral is copycat, says bishop

Protesters on Exeter Cathedral Green

Protesters who are camping outside Exeter Cathedral have been branded as “copycats” by the bishop.

The Rt Rev Michael Langrish said he sympathised but felt protesters were “not going about it in the right way”.

Campaigners, including members of Occupy Exeter, have erected tents on Cathedral Green. Bishop Langrish said they were copying protesters in London.

Those camping in the capital and Exeter are supporting a global movement against inequality and corporate greed.

In Exeter, campaigners have camped along one of the cathedral’s walls, but are not blocking the entrance.

Bishop Langrish said: “I am very sympathetic to the questions they are raising, they are important questions.

“I am not convinced they are going about it in the right way. Looking around the green, where are the financial institutions?”


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Now. I’m not exactly the Occupy Movements number one fan, but I cant help but think that Bishop Michael possibly misses the point a little.

Its not really Cathedrals that the Occupy guys are aiming at, but they camp at areas that will get them noticed. The group camped outside St Pauls are only there because its the nearest highy visible spot to the London Stock Exchange, The Occupy Plymouth group are based at Drakes Circus, The Exeter group are at the Cathedral Green… well where else would you go? Its possibly the most visible, most pleasant part of Exeter, its near businesses, banks, and they’re now on the cathedrals agenda.

Where else would a protest camp go?

Oh. And to answer the Bishops question “Looking around the green, where are the financial institutions?” Unless he’s been misquoted, he’s missing the bank right in front of the Cathedral Green…

  • Are the Occupy Groups just copycats?
  • Is there a significance in camping around cathedral’s?
  • How is this going to end? When will be time to go home?
EDIT: Also mentioned in The Telegraph