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Does Pope Francis Understand Free Speech?

By Peter Andrew – ConservativeAmerican.org – Leading the way Right.

The new socialist-loving Pope recently demonstrated what appeared to be a lack of understanding of freedom of speech. Pope Francis was speaking about the Islamist terror attack on Charlie Hebdo, that French magazine no one read until after the attack.

”It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

RedState.com points out the Pope went on to clarify. “He wasn’t saying it was perfectly normal to shoot people.” While the Pope condemned the violence of the Islamist terror attack, he was clearly not defending the magazine’s decisions to make fun of the faith of others.

The Holy Father has demonstrated his willingness to blast capitalism and democracy while praising failed socialism. Now he seems to be saying he is for free speech but only if that speech is not offensive to him or to the religion of others. Uhm… your Holiness, sir… that’s NOT free speech!

I get the whole you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater limit to free speech, but the Pope has seemingly gone much further here. He called those who make fun of religion “provocateurs” and said “There is a limit” to free speech.

He gave an example saying if a staffer of his used a curse word against the Pope’s mother, he could expect to get punched. So much for that whole ‘turn the other cheek’ thing, I guess.

This Pope has done some wonderful things and appears to be shaking up the top brass in the Church, something that was perhaps needed. However, he and his pal, President Barack Obama, are in the same camp when it comes to thinking the capitalist USA is the ‘bad guy.’ That side of him, I could live without.

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