Don't insult the Pope's mother, or he'll punch you in the face! In response to questioning about the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Pope stated: "If [you] say a curse word against my mother, [you] can expect a punch." Not only does the Pope mischaracterize the Charlie Hebdo speech as consisting of naked insults, but well educated thinkers also have tried to paint the speech as "brazenly racist." No matter how distasteful, such speech is clearly parody and is protected under U.S. law. Even if such speech was "brazenly racist," U.S. law would still protect it under certain circumstances. Read more » about Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.
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