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He essentially insinuated that religion shouldn't be mocked, whilst I ask why? What gives religion the privilege for not being mocked? What's so special about religion? He puts himself up there, spouting about the Lord's wishes, how we should lead our lives and the like.
What gives him the right to suggest how I lead my life and what I find funny or should find offensive?
I have never killed anyone in the name of a fictional invisible being, so I don't quite understand what your point is.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: dieseldyk
and now that is followed by his call to defend the church with violence
I know, lets all ignore what the man really said and talk about a bunch of things he didn't say instead because that's more interesting.
originally posted by: akushla99
He's the frickin' pope! Let him say what he wants about anything he likes...his fanbase is massive for-cryin'-out-loud...then again, I'd be vocal on a whole bunch o' things, if it meant I didn't need to focus on my own 'house'...dude seems to have a lot to say about the splinters in others' eyes...
The problem with that is when he starts advocating for curtailing freedom of speech and then tacitly admitting that violence in the name of one's religion is understandable. Both troubling positions for someone with, as you say, such a huge fan base.
Do you really want to see Christians moved to return to violence in the name of their religion on a large scale because the Pope said it was understandable that people who insult it should be punched in the nose?