Pope Francis: Free Speech Doesn't Mean You Should Insult Someone's Faith

Pope Francis didn't reference the Charlie Hebdo shootings directly, but he came down strongly against violence in the name of religion, while also cautioning against insulting others. "One cannot make war (or) kill in the name of one's own religion," Francis said on his way to the Philippines. "To kill in the name of God is an aberration." But he also noted that "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith ... you can’t make a toy out of the religions of others.”"

He joked that if someone "says a swear word against my mother, then a punch awaits him," a little joke the media was quick to jump on as a possible endorsement of violence (we know the media has not always been good at understanding what Pope Francis is saying) ...

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Marc Servos

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Marc Servos commented…

I find radical Islam as much if not more of a threat to world peace as fascism and communism were in the 20th century. But I don't see the majority of followers of Islam to be compliant to the extreme ideologies which underlines the terrorist activities we hear about.

These days, it's easy to be Islamophobic. But as followers of whatever faith we practice, the focus should be on the teachings and virtues, such as love and forgiveness. Sadly, whether one is Christian, Muslim or of another faith, followers have often gotten wrapped up in thinking that serving your faith means criticizing and often condemning others outside the faith, which is opposite of what the faith teaches in the first place.

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Marc Servos

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Marc Servos commented…

I find radical Islam as much if not more of a threat to world peace as fascism and communism were in the 20th century. But I don't see the majority of followers of Islam to be compliant to the extreme ideologies which underlines the terrorist activities we hear about.

These days, it's easy to be Islamophobic. But as followers of whatever faith we practice, the focus should be on the teachings and virtues, such as love and forgiveness. Sadly, whether one is Christian, Muslim or of another faith, followers have often gotten wrapped up in thinking that serving your faith means criticizing and often condemning others outside the faith, which is opposite of what the faith teaches in the first place.

Stephen Abbott

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Stephen Abbott commented…

Maybe the Pope was joking, maybe he wasn't. He said it was "natural" and to be expected that an insult gets a punch. So much for "turn the other cheek," or have Catholics also found Jesus' teachings inconvenient and unnecessary for our salvation?

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