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As an antitheist, I detest most aspects of most religions. However, let me give you a few ways in which the worst Pope you can think of is better than the best head of government (of your country) imaginable.

CHOICE. You don't have to be a Catholic. You have that choice of the worst misogynistic homophobic Pope having little to no impact on your life directly. You don't have that choice with government. Your vote has an approximately 0.00000% chance of changing the outcome of an election, so you do not choose your president, your peers do. You just have to live with that choice, and whatever policies it may bring with it. It's also not very practical to move away to escape the authority that's claimed over you just to land yourself in an area of another similar authority.

POWER. Even if you are a Catholic, the Pope can't throw you in jail for not following the rules and commands no enforceable authority over you. Suppose the bad pope says that gays should be stoned to death. You can just ignore that, and keep having gay friends. A governmental decree of even the best intentions can often result in very negative unintended consequences. Unlike a papal decree, it cannot be ignored. If you do ignore it, violence will be used against you via financial fines escalating to imprisonment, and finally death if you resist. The Pope can scare a true believer shitless with hell fire, but wields no physical power over them.

LEGITIMACY. To most critical thinkers out there, it's obvious that the Pope has no legitimate authority at all past the actual merits of his argument. Unfortunately, those same people are willing to grant massive legitimacy and power to a government leader simply for using the democratic process. Just keep in mind that Hitler was democratically elected, and in my opinion, the democratic process can never legitimize anything that's not already legitimate to begin with.

SHORTER ELECTIONS. The ridiculous spectacle doesn't last months or years, which is quite a relief. We can all move on so much quicker without having to deal with it day in, day out. No celebrity endorsements, no biased mainstream media editorials, no lies by candidates for us to hear.
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Indigos-LA-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
rather than saying worst Pope is better than best president - I would have to say worst pope is better than current president... as, we have had a few good presidents...
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Lionstar123 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
In your POWER point, I found a flaw. If your vote counts for %0.00000 or whatever you said, then everyone else's does as well since the votes are anonymous and everyone over 18 gets to have one (at least in America). So that means that everyone has the same chance of having their vote count, which means that inevitably, everyone's vote counts for the same. And that means that every vote could be the one to tip the scale. The only way your vote wouldn't count for anything is if you don't vote at all.
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heartMelinda Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Electoral Collage [link]

The popular vote, the vote of the people, your vote, does not count. The Electoral College is what counts.
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
You don't understand the basic mathematics of voting.
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RedChucks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
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veinne Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sadly true, though I'd like to point that in some countries it's illegal not to have a religion.
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Those countries are beyond fucked, and receive universal scorn of the enlightened world.

In all countries it's illegal not to have government services if you don't want them ;)
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veinne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahaha, true, true. ;)
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ViciousM Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
The lesser of two evils?
My goodness is this how far we've come after all that "free will" bs?
Sad.
So sad.
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virtualTune Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Choice: I agree 100% with your statement. Power: A pretty accurate statement, although death sentencing is only an option in a few countries. Legitimacy: I think Hitler is a rather outdated example. Quite a complex topic.
You are really only comparing the pope to any demorcatic leader. President may not be the right word here.
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