Has the Pope been taking advice from Len Brown?

Le Brown is a catholic, I’d say good catholic, but hey…anyway…he once claimed that he believed in transparency, but with limits.

“I will always front up. I will give you the straight answers, always with a limit.”

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“Transparency is not a perfect thing,”

Well he seems to have been having a whisper in the Pope’s ear about such thing, at least on freedom of speech.

Because the Pope has come out saying that he abhors the violence in Paris, and believes in freedom of speech…but with limits.

Pope Francis said Thursday that while he condemned the Charlie Hebdo attack and defended free speech as a human right, there were “limits” to the freedom of expression.

Francis unequivocally condemned the massacre of a journalists and cartoonists in Paris last week, saying such attacks in the name of God were never justified. However, he also added that one “cannot insult the faith of others,” and such insults would often lead to consequences.  

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” said Francis (making a pretend punch). “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he explained. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.

Limits to free speech is not free speech. The Pope is wrong.

Then again, he also thinks the media should be respectful of religions.

As AP reports, while the Pope made sure that his condemnation of violence was clear, he also urged the media to be respectful of religions:

His pretend punch aside, Francis by no means said the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo was justified. Quite the opposite: He said such horrific violence in God’s name couldn’t be justified and was an “aberration.” But he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected. […]

Recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that, while denouncing the Paris attacks, urged the media to treat religions with respect.

I’ll tell the Pope this for free…I’ll start being respectful of religions when Islamists stop hacking heads off people and subjugating homosexuela, women and people of other beliefs, and when Catholic priest stopping buggering boys.

 

– Truth Revolt


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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