January 16, 2015
Pope Francis has taken the stage to speak about the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack that claimed the lives of innocent people in Paris, France last week. The leader of the Catholic Church has uttered words that seemed to take the side of the Islamic extremists and could potentially lead to more senseless killings.
“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock 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.”
Pope Francis says those who ridicule others’ religions should ‘expect a punch’ http://ind.pn/1Aj0H6v
To equate horrific murders in the streets of Paris to a “punch” is hardly comparable. This would be the time for the Pope to speak out against this sort of behavior and to condemn the killing of innocent lives.
I find it troublesome to hear Pope Francis speaking about limits on freedom of expression, especially in regards to a religion that calls for the death of people who do not convert to Islam. This is a religion that advocates for the polar opposite of peace and harmony, with no regard for human life.