The Los Angeles Times , not a paper outwardly friendly to the Church, has commented on the popes tour through Scotland: More than 100,000 well-wishers greeted Benedict as he travelled the streets of Edinburgh in his specially designed Popemobile, with his shoulders wrapped in a green Tartan scarf. Scattered protests made hardly a dent in the larger din of cheers and applause.
Over at America magazines blog , one poster wonders whether the much-heralded protestors are really paper tigers: According to the website of the British Humanist Association (BHA), its membership in 2010 is 4,100. Given its underwhelming numbers, why are any of us fretting over its predictable opposition to the Pope? The group is now upset that Benedict criticized atheism, but even if the Pope had not made reference to atheism and Nazism, continued the poster, the BHA would have found something nasty to say. The crowd of 125,000 in Edinburgh is far more eloquent and significant than the mutterings of the BHA.