Curated Clicks: Even Slate Knows Pope Francis Is Not a Liberal

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Credit: Tânia Rêgo/ABr via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Tânia Rêgo/ABr via Wikimedia Commons


Liberal media have taken the pope's messages on tolerance and environmental stewardship and run with them. Slate's Will Saletan is here to remind you that Pope Francis (shocker) still holds to Catholicism's fundamental tenets.

But if you look at his record, you’ll see limits to his openness. Take homosexuality. The quote that endeared Francis to liberals was: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis later explained his question this way: “When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.” The key word here is existence. Francis was forswearing condemnation of the whole person, not judgment of homosexual behavior. He was repackaging what conservative Christians have always said: love the sinner, not the sin.

Francis has never called into question the church’s fundamental teaching: that while people “who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies ... must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” they are “called to chastity” because “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” In fact, Francis has affirmed that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother,” and he has condemned efforts to “redefine the very institution of marriage.”


In the glorious name of "unfettered speech," American University has passed a Resolution on Freedom of Expression that will make any SJW's hair curl.

Via AU:

Freedom of speech–protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution– undergirds the cherished principle of academic freedom. As limits, either subtle or explicit, are increasingly placed on intellectual freedom in venues of public discourse, the academy is committed to the full expression of ideas.

American University is committed to protecting and championing the right to freely communicate ideas—without censorship—and to study material as it is written, produced, or stated, even material that some members of our community may find disturbing or that provokes uncomfortable feelings. This freedom is an integral part of the learning experience and an obligation from which we cannot shrink.

As laws and individual sensitivities may seek to restrict, label, warn, or exclude specific content, the academy must stand firm as a place that is open to diverse ideas and free expression. These are standards and principles that American University will not compromise.


A damning New York Times report from this week exposed how American troops are being told to turn a blind eye to the Afghan practice of bacha bazi, "boy play," where young boys are abducted to be sex slaves. Because they are working with Afghan police, American soldiers are expected to keep quiet when they hear children screaming—even when the horror is happening on their own bases. 

The tragic situation recalls other examples where "cultural sensitivity" meant Westerners overlooked child abuse so as not to appear racist, a Daily Caller opinion pointed out. But coexisting should never mean that we allow widows to be burned and children to be raped on our watch.

We in the West have to accept the fact that we can’t remake every corner of the globe in our own image. Many cultures are going to have practices and values that seem strange to us and might even disgust us. Trying to remold the whole world to embrace our values is a fool’s task.

However, that doesn’t mean we should accept these practices in our own countries or even on our own bases.

The West has its own culture. The West has its own values. The West has its own laws. There is no justification for allowing certain protected classes to force western society to accept practices it deems barbaric and unlawful.

The Daily Caller: 'Cultural Sensitivity' Doesn't Excuse Child Rape

A few more bites:

“So it’s important to understand when you watch this, it’s not that they love Carly Fiorina. They love what supporting her now might enable to them to accomplish, and that is get rid of a Republican who can win. That’s what’s going on here. Not hard to see.” - Rush Limbaugh's theory on the media's post-debate Carly crush, via The Blaze

"As our world progresses, we now appreciate that all forms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and relationships are natural and should be treated equally under the law, though some religions may not see it in this way." - UCSB's guide to "Homosexuality and Religion"

“I very strongly believe in my innocence, and there are a number of people who believe that." - Abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell in an interview, via The Federalist