Story by TonyStiles.com co-editor and writer Christopher Lewis

Speaking from a plane on route to the Philippines for his Southeast Asia tour, Pope Francis told reporters, point blank, that “in freedom of expression there are limits.” In order to justify his tyrannical assertion, Jorge Bergoglio – I will henceforth refrain from addressing a man with a title giving him higher-than-normal-humanity status – likened insulting religion to insulting one’s mother, and went on to explicitly imply that such an insult justifies a return of violence.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasbarri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock punch his way. “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 said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasbarri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

In one fell swoop, Bergoglio declared that your speech and thoughts can be limited, that violence against you for that speech and thought is warranted, and that religions (and apparently moms) enjoy a privileged status that essentially criminalizes their verbal mistreatment.

Jacob Sullum over at Reason’s blog wrote an excellent blurb addressing the absurdity of Bergoglio’s approval of violence, regardless of how the Vatican and its adherents want to spin it. The foolishness of his opinion on speech limits requires no lengthy explication, however it does raise a pivotal question with regard to some Americans.

Like many liberty activists I have a separate, full time job; one which takes me into the homes of people from all walks of life and allows me the opportunity to meet different personalities almost daily. The one thing I have seen no shortage of, depressingly, is all-too-common forms of idolatry ranging from Reagan memorials to shrines to Obama. While these instances are indeed distressing and worthy of a separate address, the shrines I find even more disturbing are the ones to papal/saintly figures.

The deference paid to the words of those men/women…READ MORE