Pope Francis: Free Expression is a Fundamental Right, But “You Cannot Insult the Faith of Others”

You’ll be thrilled to learn that he Vatican is totally in favor of free speech.There are, however, two notable exceptions: faith, and the Pope’s mom.

Calling freedom of expression a “fundamental” human right, the pope outlined why he believes there are limits to that right. If someone “says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” he joked, according to an Associated Press translation. “It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

That’s cute. We can, we have, and we will.

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In short, Humanism is being good without god. It is above all an affirmation of the greatest common values we human beings have: the desire to life with dignity, to be “good.” But humanism is also a warning that we cannot afford to wait until tomorrow of until the next life to be good, because today— the short journey we get from birth to death, womb to tomb— is all we have. Humanism rejects dependence on faith, the supernatural, divine texts, resurrection, reincarnation, or anything else which we have no evidence. To put it another way, Humanists believe in life before death.
—  Good without god- Greg M. Epstein

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anonymous asked:

Hey! So can you help me with a question ? My girls youth group have been having. How can I explain to them that “secular music” is not right ? They want an exact verse that says it. But in my eyes there is no right or wrong. When we do something we have to ask if it's something that praises or is parroted by God ...

Secular just means anything not sacred. I don’t think the secular song “Happy Birthday” is a sinful song to sing. I also don’t think singing about the love someone has for their wife or daughter or tractor is bad. It’s bad when we start talking about how inappropriate this one girl in the club was and how it got us lusting after her in our heart. Or when we start talking about how much we want wealth and fame and everything for ourselves. Or how we are god of our own lives and no one can tell us what to do. 

Music itself isn’t a moral concept. It’s amoral. It’s not good or bad. But like many other amoral things, (wealth, fame, etc) it can carry or amplify a moral message. Music is holy and unholy based off of the content of the lyrics.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

And probably the best passage for evaluating media: 

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5

It is wrong for a secular government to promote prayer. We think the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. What if the president declared a National Day of Cursing God because He failed us on September 11? Americans would say, “You’ve overstepped your authority.” That’s how we feel when you promote prayer.


Dan Barker

The beauty of atheism...

I have a deep sense of understanding and appreciation for many different religions. This does not mean I believe these religions were divinely inspired by God or they are the true words of God. I do, however, understand why such beliefs work for people. I acknowledge this and respect that. I never try to force my atheism on others. I have friends from a wide range of religions. My parents are Muslim, and when it comes down to it, it’s the mutual respect and understanding that unites us.

Being an atheist is no invitation to “fill the gap with religion”, because there is no gap to be filled. As an atheist, I believe in myself. I don’t believe in God, not because “I hate God”, I just don’t believe God exists, and sure, I could be wrong but that is a risk I am willing to take, this does not mean you, as a Believer, should interject and ruin the life I live!

In my opinion, if there is a God and He sees that I’ve spent my life helping others, donating a large portion of my income to those who need it, devoted a big portion of my time away from work to provide assistance to people to overcome anxiety and other common issues in life, and this God then wants to punish me simply because I didn’t Believe in Him, then I am not sure I would want to worship that God in the first place! I have the belief that if God does exist then He or She would appreciate my actions far more than my beliefs.

Being an atheist allows me to live a great life, I am not “empty”, and I enjoy life to the fullest. I respect others who do believe, and I take a great deal of time to understand their ways because I want to be able to connect with people better and be more understanding. However, I kindly ask Believers to also be understanding of those of us who live such great lives without God, instead of trying to show us an “alternative" that we do not want, take time to be more understanding of why and how atheism works so well for so many of us!


I am SO appalled!!  This bill will allow unlicensed drivers to operate CHURCH buses and other large vehicles.