Pope Francis Speaks Out for Religious Freedom

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Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

On his recent visit to the Unite States, Pope Francis was asked a question with regards to individuals who are required to issue marriage licenses. And his response indicates a very significant point — that religious freedom is an inherent human right that comes from God.

Mat Staver: Matt, while the Pope was being interviewed by lots of media, I believe he was on the airplane, lots of media asked him different questions on a wide variety of matters. And there were two questions that were posed to Pope Francis by a reporter for ABC, and those two questions focused on whether or not somebody should be accommodated in their religious conviction who is required to issue marriage licenses.

The Pope responded and then the person came back and asked a follow-up question, and the follow-up question was, “Even if it’s a governmental official?” And the Pope responded to that as well…Clearly in this question and response, what came through loud and clear was the message that religious freedom is an inherent human right. And it is available for everyone, and you don’t lose that right simply because you’re working in the government sector. That you still have that inalienable human right that comes directly from our Creator.

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Matt Barber: And of course the mainstream media doesn’t frame it in a positive, they frame it as does a person have a right to discriminate against gays and lesbians? And by not issuing marriage licenses. The question specifically that was asked by this reporter was “Do you support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example when issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

And of course that is a clear reference to Kim Davis, though it appears that this reporter did not mention Kim by name. The Pope said “Yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is part of every human right, it is a right and if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.”  

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