Not quite the words the Pope used, but he was pretty clear that “freedom of speech” does not apply to religion, which makes it meaningless. The current Pope – bought in to do his best to whitewash over the horrendous disaster that was the “other” Pope, has declared limits to free speech regarding religion. No doubt a few of the faithful will take him seriously and start killing anyone who makes fun of the irrational beliefs of Catholics.
According to the Associated Press, the Pope managed to completely contradict himself by stating that anyone who makes fun of a religion is a “provocateur” deserving physical violence, while at the same time stating that “To kill in the name of God is an aberration.”
Calling freedom of expression a “fundamental” human right, the pope outlined why he believes there are limits to that right. If someone “says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” he joked, according to an Associated Press translation. “It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits.”
I know that religion is meant to contradict itself in order to retain the faithful, but – make your mind up Mr Pope – which is it? Is freedom of expression a fundamental human right, or is religion off limits?
The Pope is only a good will publicity tour to distract us from the continuing revelations of child sex abuse and is currently visiting the Phillipines where 80% of the population are Catholics. The turnout has been good, with a 3 day holiday being granted to everyone gets a chance to see the Pope as he passes through the city of Manila.