Responding to ongoing violence in the Middle East from the cartoons depicting Muhammad, the Vatican issued a statement saying:
“The right to freedom of thought and expression … cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers.”
In other words, you do not have the right to say anything that offends religious believers.Â However, belief in Catholicism is irreconciable and offensive to a belief in Islam.Â It is also irreconiciable and offensive to Atheism.Â It is impossible to have religious beliefs that are not offensive to someone else!
This statement itself is offensive, as it presumes that whatever your religious beliefs are, they are more important than allowing someone to say or print something you do not believe in.Â Would the Vatican truly want Western civilization to degrade back to the dark ages?Â We already know that is what many extreme Muslim fanatics want to bring to the world – but of course with their repressive religious beliefs being imposed on all.
Even more disturbing than the Vatican’s willingness to eliminate free speech rights about religion is the statement’s reference to your “thoughts.”Â You cannot be permitted to even think about something that would offend someone else’s religious beliefs.
From this statement one could draw the conclusion that the primary difference between the Vatican and Muslim terrorists is the willingness to use violence against those with different beliefs.