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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 11:00 AM

What Pope Francis gets wrong about religious freedom

In recent days, Pope Francis has talked a lot about tolerance and freedom of conscience. But he has failed to distinguish between those who truly suffer from persecution and discrimination and those who claim to be persecuted when told they may not discriminate.

True prisoners of conscience are even now suffering punishments grotesque and medieval for exercising their right to criticize religion. But during his visit to the United States last week, the Pope chose instead to focus his attention and sympathies on a government employee who decided that her faith trumped her legal obligations and the constitutional rights of others.

Pope Francis met secretly with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to sign off on marriage documents for same-sex couples, citing religious objections. Speaking to journalists on the plane back to Europe, Francis explicitly endorsed this kind of discrimination, calling it "conscientious objection" and a "duty."


But what does the Pope have to say about atheists and secularists who have been jailed, attacked or killed for expressing their own conscientious objections to religion?

Nothing.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/30/living/pope-francis-religious-freedom/index.html


What really surprises me is that so many seem unable or unwilling to recognize just how much of a bigot this man really is and how awful his church is.

Fuck. The. Pope.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Oct 2, 2015, 11:06 AM

1. What he gets wrong, he gets very, very wrong. n/t

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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 12:04 PM

2. And they excuse his bigotry not over actions but over vague verbiage.

 

His anti gay and anti choice teachings he very actively pursues, while the 'good parts' are just some words he rattles off and never backs with action. The man heads his own bank, which refuses to divest of petroleum stocks even as he wails about climate change. No actions, not even small ones, just words.
Meanwhile he organizes against the rights of millions of people very actively.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 2, 2015, 12:07 PM

3. Correct. And we can see examples of those excusing his bigotry right here!

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