Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope Francis calls for privilege.

Responding to attack in France Pope Francis said

“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”

One can, and many will.  Your religion is not above reproach or ridicule. Your views (colored by your faith) are not above question.  You say that one should not provoke. You say I should "expect a punch. It is normal."  You are justifying violence in defense of your religious idea. That is what I read in your statement. You do not seem to be a violent man, but I have no idea if you are or are not.  But when you say that I should expect a violent response for a provocative statement you are siding with the men who violently responded to perceived provocation in a magazine.

 This is why the privilege of Religion has to end. You cannot be the head of all the Catholics and say that violence is a perfectly acceptable response to having your zombie overlord mocked, or questioned, or disparaged. I had hoped that you were a more open and thoughtful leader of your church. This seems to be a very disturbing step backwards.  You are blaming the deaths of the 12 people in Charlie Hebdot not on those who believe that an almighty deity takes offense at any slight, but on those who dare to anger the faithful.  It is unconscionable to tell the faithful that violence is the answer to any who provoke the wrath of your God.