“You cannot provoke,” Pope Francis said on Thursday. “You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
Though he defended the principle of free expression and paid lip
service to the notion that violence is always wrong, he warned “you
can’t make a toy out of the religions of others.”
“To kill in the name of God is an aberration,” Francis said. However, he added that it was natural for those who have been insulted to lash out violently.
“In freedom of expression, there are limits, like in regard to my
mom,” Francis continued. “If he says a swear word against my mother,
he’s going to get a punch in the nose. That’s normal.”
Yes, you can! Satire, criticism, creatively playing with and redefining religion, is Good and Holy, even! God is a human construct, Religion is all about Goodness, and is one big Toy to Play with, in the unending quest for improvement, betterment, growth, change, and love, laughter, and happiness. Pushing people's buttons can be good. The religious bits on comedy central are usually the best, in my opinion. The scientologists call it impinging, part of process toward perfection. You take the best out of every religion, and get closer to Enlightenment, Nirvana, a heavenly society, a utopian world, the Goal, Truth. But that's just me. You may now feel free to insult my mom in the comments.
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