‘Limits On Free Speech’ – The Pope’s Latest Effort To Bring Muslims And Catholics Closer Together

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Pope Francis - Photo by Alfredo BorbaShould criticism of Islam be banned?  Should the kinds of cartoons depicting Muhammed that were published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo be against the law?  In recent days, there has been a massive outpouring of support for free speech in the western world in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.  But there have also been a few dissenting voices.  One of these dissenting voices belongs to Pope Francis.  He has publicly stated that “there is a limit” to free speech and that “you cannot insult the faith of others”.  So obviously he does not approve of the cartoons of Muhammed that Charlie Hebdo has been publishing.  By taking this kind of public stand, the Pope is going to further endear himself to the more than one billion Muslims in the world.  Since he was elevated to Pope, he has been doing more than any of his predecessors to build bridges to Islam.  So precisely why is he doing this?  Why is he working so hard to bring Muslims and Catholics together?  Could it be possible that he is laying the groundwork for a future one world religion?

To make his point that there are “limits” on free speech, the Pope referred to one of his close assistants during a conversation with reporters

He referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

So if we insult Muhammed, should we expect physical retaliation from Muslims?

According to Francis, this would make sense

Recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that, while denouncing the Paris attacks, urged the media to treat religions with respect.

Francis, who has called on Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism, went a step further Thursday when asked by a French journalist about whether there were limits when freedom of expression meets freedom of religion.

There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

Yes, Pope Francis has denounced the violence that just happened in France.

But he is also being very, very careful not to offend Muslims.  He is siding with Muslim leaders that find the caricatures published by Charlie Hebdo to be extremely offensive.  By doing so, he is winning a lot of friends in the Muslim world.

And without a doubt, this is the most politically-correct Pope that Rome has ever had.  He seems to always know exactly what to say to the press, and he has been working extremely hard to reach out to other major global religious leaders since the beginning of his papacy.

But instead of working so hard to build bridges to other religions, perhaps he should be focusing on other things.  For example, there are some horrific human rights abuses going on in the Philippines right now.  Instead of complaining about cartoons of Muhammed, this is what he should have been complaining about

Street children as young as five are being caged in brutal detention centres alongside adult criminals in a cynical drive to smarten up the Philippines capital ahead of a visit by Pope Francis this week.

Hundreds of boys and girls have been rounded up from doorways and roadsides by police and officials and put behind bars in recent weeks to make the poverty-racked city more presentable when Pope Francis arrives tomorrow, a MailOnline investigation has found.

In a blatant abuse of the country’s own child protection laws, the terrified children are locked up in filthy detention centres where they sleep on concrete floors and where many of them are beaten or abused by older inmates and adult prisoners and, in some cases, starved and chained to pillars.

Perhaps Francis will say something about that.

We shall see.

But what we can expect for sure is for this Pope to continue to reach out to Muslims.  What Pope Francis has done so far during his papacy has angered many Catholics and has thrilled many Muslims.  As I have written about previously, he even took the unprecedented step of authorizing “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican for the first time ever last year.

Meanwhile, Islamic terror continues to get even worse all over the globe.  Almost every single day now there are more stories of crucifixions and beheadings by ISIS.  The following is just one example

ISIS has continued its barbarism, executing five men in Deir Ezzor, an eastern province of Syria, on Wednesday, Jan, 14.

Two men were shot for “dealing with the Nusayri [Alawite] regime,” and a third was beheaded. Then all three were crucified, and they will remain so for three days for “establishing a cell to fight IS,” according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS forces then murdered a university student who was accused of being an “informant for the Nusayri regime.” This student had already been detained on the charge of “smoking.”

A politically-correct approach is not going to end this violence.

I like the way that Mark Christian, a former Muslim and the son of a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, put it the other day

The circumstances we face are dire and we have no coherent way of addressing it until we establish the stark, bright line between Muslims who are willing to respect the religious liberty of others (which must absolutely require the abandonment of vengeance over insults, perceived or real) and those who count us as so many cattle, ripe for slaughter and easily led.

Our society can no longer afford to self-censor when it comes to the “hair trigger” that is Islam. Muslims of the former type I described above may be offended, and for this I am sympathetic; but Muslims of the latter type will become enraged and will reveal to all the depth of their incompatibility with civilized society. This is my aim: to force these Muslims to expose their unacceptable radicalism for all to see, but also to reach a self-realization of the depravity of that radicalism that exists within themselves.

Being offended is uncomfortable for sure, but it is nothing compared to being hunted and subjugated, which is the lot our Christian brothers and sisters in Muslim-dominated lands endure, and as we saw in Paris, and increasingly in our own Western democracies. The source of this is a foolish adherence to the idea of “multiculturalism,” enforced by a misguided political correctness. I believe you would heartily agree that there is no verbal insult, nor cartoon that would move you to murder. However, hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide disagree.

Radical Islam is just another form of tyranny.

If you detest government tyranny, you should also detest the radical Islamic movement which seeks to force the entire planet to submit to Islam and to live our entire lives under strict sharia law.

Unfortunately, this movement continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  In fact, thanks to Nancy Pelosi, a radical Muslim is about to be appointed to the House Intelligence Committee

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to appoint a Muslim lawmaker to the Intelligence Committee, congressional aides said Tuesday, giving him access to some of America’s most closely held secrets in the war on terror.

The move will come as the world is still grappling with an al-Qaeda death squad’s massacre last week of journalists at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, executed because they had published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Rep. André Carson has attracted suspicion for his public statements, including a 2012 Islamic Circle of North America convention where he said America’s schools should be modelled after Qur’anic madrassas.

Moments later he warned undercover law enforcement skulking around the event looking for ‘secret meetings’ that ‘Allah will not allow you to stop us.’

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…

  • iris

    Spot on! Thanks for tying it all together, I think you’re right, Michael.

  • Folgers 19

    I don’t think it is possible to see Catholicism as the root of a world faith by any means. I know some Christians believe that’s what’s going to happen, but for that to be possible, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and others would have to abandone a whole lot of dogma and accept a whole lot more. I don’t think they are in any way compatible. What Muslim will trade Muhammad for the Pope? What Buddhist will abandon their path for a big, gaudy church that states it is the only phone line to God? What Jew would dump thousands of years of dilligent faith and their special line to God for an “upstart” church that has only been around for a couple thousand years and couldn’t even hold to their teachings consistently during that time?
    What Protestant is going to go back to a church they see as utterly wrong? Never happen.
    Even if an Imam somewhere somehow decided to order his followers to embrace the Catholic church, they would merely cut his head off and go to a more fundamentalist mosque.

    • Matty

      Excellent point!

      Satan is smarter than that and the false prophet and the antichrist will be someone that the world will not see coming. God states that ” if it were possible, even the elect will be deceived”…….if it were possible!

      No one knows the bible (besides God) better than Satan, he has us fooled constantly, that’s why we must constantly rely on Jesus as our guide, we can not do this alone!

      I’m pretty sure that, when the one world religion, the beast system comes in, all religions will be despised and the antichrist will influence the world that religion is the root of the problems and he has the answer, where he is only dragging them down with him……

      Study your bibles people and pray for your friends and family everyday, it’s so close……….

      • paramore fan

        TOTALLY WRONG! Notice that the denominations say, “Jesus prayed that we all might be one.” The church groups will never agree on dogma, but they are uniting together. Religion will not be despised but the ones that don’t join will be shut down after the collapse/bailout gets the Catholic Church in power.

  • Folgers 19

    Seriously Disquss? What’s the trigger word in my post-Nazi? Stupid? Fool? Unbelievable.

    • Folgers 19

      Disquss should change its name to Censor or Memory Hole.

      • Jobe

        Sometimes the truth hurts. That is when censorship rears its ugly head. I’ve seen this time and time again in forum after forum. There is no such thing as “free speech,” just “tolerable speech.”

        I find a lot of the cartoons from Charlie H. distasteful. (Thin line between satire and insult.) But they are not worth killing others over IMO.

  • grey

    Detained for “smoking”?

    ISIS can smoke my pole.

  • ProclaimingGodsTruth

    You had better watch this pope closely! He is making subtle changes in policy and making comments that will one day catch the world off guard.

    Many, many, many people have only an ear for what he says and that is chilling and alarming.

    Folks, you had better read your Bible like never before. Those who do not know the truth found ONLY in God’s word may be fooled into hell in the days ahead.

    • Folgers 19

      Bah-This one is no more relevant than the National Socialist one was.

      • Folgers 19

        Apparently, Disquss don’t like it when you call the pope a nzasi.

    • Private Name

      This pope is a satanist and extremely dangerous.
      Same as the previous RatZinger. They sacrifice children and sometimes eat parts of them.

  • This guy is as much a Pope as Obama is a President. They are both dangerous to the institutions they lead.

    • Folgers 19

      JP was the last pope. These pretenders just get worse and worse. We go from the Hitler Jugend to the Young Pioneers-what’s next?

      • Holger Jahndel

        This pope dared to critisize anglo-american Western liberal Capitalism, that is why the mainstream media critisizes him a lot….!

        http://www.bilderberg.org

        I fear, the next pope will be a mason one….Bilderberg member or Rotary Club (Lions and Kiwanis) or Round Table Clubs and Odd fellow Orden….Western liberal Establishment…!
        Or from the facist P2 Lodge Silvio Berlusconi was a member of….yeah, right, the former Italian president…
        And in Rockefellers Illuminati Lodge of Skull&Bones George W. Bush and John Kerry were (and still are!) members….!

        Read Anthony C. Sutton and Prof. Caroll Quigley…! And Robisons book “Proofes of a Conspiracy”!
        Illuminati Lodges operate in today masonry!
        Rockefellers Nazis and Ku-Klux-Clan WASPs as NEW WORLD ORDER facists, Rothschilds Zionists and Talmudists and Islamic Brotherhood Islamists…also Political Islamism is connected with masonry…! Children of Satan, these ideologies!

  • rentslave

    The 70’s protesters are finally correct:The Pope smokes dope.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…In recent days, there has been a massive outpouring of support for free speech in the western world in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre….”

    free speech? legal in France to have anti-muslim cartoons, but print an anti-jewish cartoon and you go to jail. Hypocracy!

    • jg

      Print anti-Muslim cartoons and you (and several others) end up dead – gee, which is worse? I’d like to see a link to some articles showing people who have gone to jail for poking fun at the Jews – seems to be a lot of that in the news…

      • Gay Veteran

        “…I’d like to see a link to some articles showing people who have gone to jail for poking fun at the Jews – seems to be a lot of that in the news…”

        Google it

    • Holger Jahndel

      Islamists and Political Islam is indeed todays facism, committing genocides in Africa and the Near and the Middle East…

      Djihad Watch

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/

      But Zionists are not better, Paneuropa Union and neoliberal Capitalists (Monetarism of Milton Friedman and neoliberal Free Trade ideology!)….

      http://www.americanfreepress.net

      http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=95

      http://www.talmudunmasked.com/chapter14.htm

      http://www.thewatcherfiles.com/talmud_nwo.html

  • Matty

    So being raised as a catholic, have you come to know the truth now? Are you now a Christian my friend? I hope that you have found the truth in Jesus.

    • Jobe

      Yes, I am a Christian. The Truth has set me free and I await our Lord’s return.

      • Matty

        Awesome bro! How good is it that it is actually happening!! I was not raised as a Christian, The Lord came to me in the most incredible way, I am so grateful! Now all we gotta do is get the message through to our family and friends, take care Jobe

  • lilbear68

    but doesn’t islam insult other religions by killing believers of other faiths if they refuse to convert to islam?

    • John Martin

      Yes, and that is wrong. So do we do wrong for wrong ?

      • lilbear68

        I don’t recall advocating other religions kill non believers, we had our fill of that during the inquisition and the crusades and the witch trials. I do insist that freedom of speech is not something a person must ask for first and humor and satire is part of that freedom

        • John Martin

          Saying what you believe should not be against the law or punishable by the law. I also say the killings in France in revenge for the cartoons are wrong. “Freedom of speech” does not mean we can say what ever we want, and expect no feeling against what we have said. It means that we are free to say what ever we want, and not be punished by the law, but should we say what ever we want ? Isn’t there a limit to what we say and who we say it to ? It isn’t bound by law, but by our heart. We don’t have to agree with every thing, but does it have to be said, and if we feel so strongly that it needs to be said, how should it be said ? It boils down to respect. Let people be who they are, when they break the law, punish them. Speak out, but do it with love.

          • lilbear68

            yeah let the gays go over there and speak to them with love in their speech,
            too bad you don’t see how ridiculous you sound.
            if someone says a hurtful thing I would suggest you grow some skin.
            I don’t see how the noise coming out of anothers face can have any effect unless you accept what they say as truth and then you are indeed a volunteer for their hurtful words.

  • John Martin

    I agree. Saying what you believe should not be against the law or punishable by the law. I also say the killings in France in revenge for the cartoons are wrong. “Freedom of speech” does not mean we can say what ever we want, and expect no feeling against what we have said. It means that we are free to say what ever we want, and not be punished by the law, but should we say what ever we want ? Isn’t there a limit to what we say and who we say it to ? It isn’t bound by law, but by our heart. We don’t have to agree with every thing, but does it have to be said, and if we feel so strongly that it needs to be said, how should it be said ? It boils down to respect. Let people be who they are, when they break the law, punish them. Speak out, but do it with love.

  • Hetero Veteran

    I just want to say that I enjoy your coffee very much :P

  • krinks

    Limits on speech includes telling the truth when it comes to Islam. For instance Mohammed was a rapist and a pedophile. Yet mentioning this, even though it is true and easily proven, would be a criminal offense if Muslims and the UN had its way.

  • jb

    The Pope is a Jesuit – they engage in sophistry – say one thing and have Vatican officials come back a day or two later, explaining, “Oh no – that’s not what he meant…” It’s their stock-in-trade: create confusion, which is what you do to your enemy. Satan has the same modus operandi which goes back to the Garden of Eden: “Yea hath God said” – introduce confusion over God’s Word.

  • Fools.

    I cannot stand the double standards. France has made it illegal to deny the Holocaust. Surely, if the sensitivities of Jews must be taken into account, then it is only fair that the same treatment be applied to Muslims. Or, if it is okay to insult Muslims, then it is okay to deny the Holocaust. You Western pigs cannot have it both ways. Either you allow free speech, which includes Holocaust denial, or you restrict it, which includes insults to Muslims. Pick.

  • Abe

    Every “pope” is a false prophet. Catholicism is not Christian, and never was.

    Salvation is only by believing in Jesus, not by works (Romans 4:5).

  • djc

    The lack of knowledge about Catholicism here is beyond understanding and leads me to discount everything I’ve read here before. Wow.

  • Holger Jahndel
  • user z

    It’s a shame the Pope relies on his own humanistic wisdom so often that he ends up putting his foot in his mouth. Quoting applicable scripture to answer a tough question should be sufficient.

    http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/10-23.htm

    “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.

  • sherry1053

    Don’t say anything about beheadings of Christians by MUSLIMS…Idiot!!! .WE CHRISTIANS WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE DEVIL ALLAH! THE ISLAM CULT !