The current pope has long proven himself as an ally of Islam. He has not only prayed in a mosque in Turkey to Allah, he has also consistently shown us that he is unlike his predecessor, Benedict XVI who rightly labelled Islam as a violent religion in 2006- with dire consequences, no doubt. Therefore it wasn’t suprising to read his view on the Paris massacre:
“You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit.”
This is an unfortunate statement. There is simply no justification for killing people over their views- whether it was for fun or not. A faith that is “provoked” or “insulted” by cartoons is obviously a worthless faith. Let’s say it as it is. The massacre was not about the cartoons, it was about the nature of hate, violence and cruelty inherent in Islam. Muslims do not want to be “insulted” or “provoked” but they can go to any length of provoking and insulting the faith of others, especially Christianity. So who draws the line? Who gives the limit?
If muslims are offended by the freedom of speech and the press in the West, then they should take their intolerant religion and its insecured prophet back to their islamic caves.
He also said:
“If my good friend Doctor Gasparri [who organises the Pope’s trips] speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched”
Seriously? If a religious leader suggests retaliation when insulted, what then can we say to his lay followers? It’s unchristian to beat people up for insulting you or your family (unless of course you have emotional issues or you belong to the pope’s punching religion).
Besides, we are talking about the loss of 12 human lives here over a bunch of silly cartoons, not to speak of thousands killed by jihadists this year alone without any provocation on their part. What false analogy is Francis drawing here? Is he saying he too would have killed people who speak against the “holy virgin Mary?”
I’ve had Muslims, Catholics (and some “christians”) send me hate mails and threats. People have hurled all sorts of unprintable names on me and my family because of what I write online. Does that give me the right to go after them to punch them in the nose?
Many godly people in Scripture were ridiculed, rejected, spat upon (and even killed). The truth of the Christian Faith has been attacked and slandered for centuries, yet it’s still alive, spreading all over the world without guns and swords.
If Islam cannot withstand insults, then it’s time to toss it into the trash. And when we look at the history of the Catholic religion, we can see that it hinges on the same principles of suppression and tyranny.
Pope Pius IX said:
“The false and perverse opinions [of democracy and individual freedom] are so much the more detestable, by as much as they…hinder and banish that salutary influence which the Catholic Church, by the institution and command of her Divine Author, ought freely to exercise, even to the consummation of the world, not only over individual men, but [over] nations, [over] peoples and [over] sovereigns.”
(Quanta Cura, Dec 8, 1864)
In his Syllabus Errorum, he condemned freedom of conscience as “insane folly” and freedom of the press as “a pestiferous error, which cannot be sufficiently detested”
(cited by Ignaz von Dollinger, The Pope and the Council, 21)
Pope Innocent III fought against the democratic system of England’s Magna Carta (the mother of European Constitutions) and “pronounced it null and void and excommunicated the English barons who obtained it” (Ibid p 19)
When Columbia (once a stronghold of Catholicism) established religious freedom, Pope Pius IX angrily condemned it in order to maintain the Catholicism in the nation:
“We with Apostolic Authority denounce and condemn all such laws and decrees with all their consequences, and by the same authority we abrogate those laws and declare them entirely null and without binding power.”
(Evangelical Confedration of Columbia, Bulletin 50, Jun. 26, 1959).
With such a history, I can understand why the pope can’t really denounce the cult of Islam and its totalitarian ideology. It’s like the pot meet kettle scenario.
So dear pope Francis, don’t punch me for standing for the freedom of the press and conscience.