Pope Francis Blames Weapons Manufacturers for Brussels Attack

Pope Francis (courtesy onepeterfive.com)

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Pope Francis has been a grave disappointment to many Christians, not just Catholics. He appears to be as steeped in “Merchant of Death” conspiracy theory as he is in Christian theology. At a traditional pre-Easter ritual, the Pope washed the feet of refuges, including a Catholic woman, Muslims, and a Hindu man. The ritual had long been limited to practising Catholic men, almost exclusively, priests. Many Catholics are unhappy with this severe break in tradition. Of greater interest . .

the Pope blames the terrorist attack in Brussels on arms manufacturers and arms traffickers.  From telesurtv.net:

“Three days ago, there was a gesture of war, of destruction, in a city of Europe by people who don’t want to live in peace,” he said. “Behind that gesture there were arms manufacturers, arms traffickers, who want blood, not peace, who want war, not brotherhood,” he said.

In a reference to the Brussels attackers, Francis condemned “those poor creatures who buy weapons in order to destroy brotherhood,” comparing them to Judas Iscariot, the apostle who the Bible says betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
This is not the first time that this Pope has inappropriately condemned weapons manufacturers.

This is not Christian theology.  It is “Merchants of Death” conspiracy theory.  This theory claims that it is arms manufacturers who push for and cause wars.  It minimizes conflicts between nations and people who have ideological and religious differences, or who are competing for limited resources such as territory, food, raw materials, or for dominance.

The theory, like many conspiracy theories, is popular among people who want someone to blame for wars, and an “easy fix” to stop wars.  Movies have been made with this theme.

The theory has long been discredited.  War is as old has humanity, as old as social insects.  It existed long before there were weapons manufacturers and has been waged by numerous states where the manufacture of weapons of war was done only by the state.  For Pope Francis to make this statement shows a profound and deep misunderstanding of the causes of war, and of human nature.

The weapons used in the Brussels attack were not manufactured by an industrial concern.  They were homemade from common household chemicals.

The change in the foot washing ritual confirms a profound misunderstanding of human nature.  To Muslims, it is a symbol of submission.  Fundamental Muslims will interpret this as a sign that the attack in Brussels was a tremendous success. It will embolden them and lead to more attacks.  After all, because of the attack, they will believe, the Pope knelt down at the feet of Muslims, in an act of submission!

When the Pope exhibits such a deep misunderstanding of human nature, of human organization, of global realities and of Christian doctrine, it is a grave cause for concern.

If Popes in the days of the Crusades had urged their followers to welcome Muslim invaders, Christian Europe would never have survived and thrived.  There would not have been a reformation, the renaissance, or the scientific revolution. Christians were conquered and enslaved in the Middle east, eastern Europe, North Africa and Spain. In those areas Muslim invaders conquered vast areas controlled by Christians.  They destroyed the Christian Byzantine empire.

Science in Muslim lands never advanced beyond that of the middle ages, in spite of Muslim access to Greek manuscripts, Indian mathematics, Chinese printing blocks, and gunpowder technology, all of which travelled through Muslim controlled lands before they reached Christendom.

Fortunately, wiser Popes in the western half of Christendom recognized the legitimacy of self defense and helped expound the doctrine of “Just War”.  It is a long standing and well developed Catholic doctrine.

The comments of Pope Francis seem to be inconsistent with  “Just War” doctrine.  How can there be a “Just War” if the manufacture of weapons is illegitimate?  How can the Pope maintain an armed guard of Swiss mercenaries to defend the Vatican?  Will the next proclamation of Pope Francis be that he is throwing wide the gates of the Vatican to refuges, and disbanding the Swiss guard?

I hope, and pray, that this will not happen.

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comments

  1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    It’s all the fault of the Suicide Vest Industrial Lobby! Ban suicide vests!

  2. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    Happy Easter! HE is risen! And coming(back) real soon…but not for this guy. Sorry I gargled with hydrogen peroxide pope. “Weapon of crass destruction”. No nails handy…

    1. avatar Ross says:

      This, he is risen indeed…….. Happy Easter.

    2. avatar ThomasR. says:

      I’m non-denominational Christian. But I did attend a Mass one time at a church of St. Francis where the head priest was OK with my CC’ing a firearm. (This is a minimum standard if I decide to attend a church). People need discernment as to who they listen to for spiritual guidance.

      You can only serve one master.

      He has already risen; and returning, at some point.

    3. avatar Dr Brainwash says:

      I’m sure he’ll feel morally superior as he washes the feet of the Caliphate…

    4. avatar Ironhorse says:

      I’m sure the first thing that Jesus will do is seek you out as a consultant on who he should admit into the Kingdom of Heaven. Have you even read the bible? You’re doing exactly what he commanded you NOT to do.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        Jesus commanded us not to follow liars and false prophets. The pope is either being hopelessly naive or being purposely deceptive. I believe the latter is both more likely and more disturbing. Discernment is a virtue best used, and wisdom protects its owner.

        1. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

          JUDGE righteous judgement>John 7:24. SEE: also the Bereans…happy Easter Accur81!

        2. avatar Accur81 says:

          Happy Easter, FormerWaterWalker!

  3. avatar New Chris says:

    So how many refugees can we put Vatican City down for… you know the city that is full of walls… None… OK then, step off your moral high horse.

    1. avatar joe yanos says:

      “you know the city that is full of walls”,
      and protected by men with, OMG, guns……

      1. avatar Enuz says:

        Not just men with guns. Swiss Guards.

        From that country that legally requires you to take your military issue rifle home with you after your mandatory term of service. The country so saturated with firearms and explosives that they’ve literally hollowed out mountains just to find more places to stash artillery.

        …with the third lowest murder rate in Europe, behind only Lichtenstein and Iceland.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    I’m going to take advice from a guy kissing other mens feet?

    Homie don’t think so.

    1. avatar CLarson says:

      Yeah, the appeal escapes me. The Pope is a morally bankrupt middle man wearing an expensive costume. Just go to the source material if you want to know about the Christian faith and skip the weird foot fetish, roleplay porn.

  5. avatar Cornholio says:

    I don’t put much value in what a guy who wears a dress and has a foot fetish says.

  6. avatar g says:

    Fuck the Pope

    1. avatar Stoopid1 says:

      Amen!

    2. avatar JSW says:

      No thanks- wouldn’t want to contaminate myself. I would piss on him, though, if he wasn’t on fire. If he was on fire, I’d piss on the ground next to him.

  7. avatar HP says:

    There’s a reason catholicism is slowly dying…..

    1. avatar Mudshark says:

      I used to be a catholic, used to be, now Im condemned to burn in hell– forever.

    2. avatar Stuki Moi says:

      It’s splintering. Not strictly dying. Although the splintering may leave it sufficiently divided to end up dead anyway, at the hands of expansionist Islam.

  8. avatar Wrightl3 says:

    Glad that I am not Catholic and don’t take my cues from this man.

  9. avatar LarryinTX says:

    I blame the pope for the Brussels attack. My opinion is unimportant. So is his.

    FLAME DELETED

  10. avatar Shwiggie says:

    I’m sure in a couple days there will be a press release with a “corrected” translation of what he “actually” said, like the last couple times he shot off some of his commie pope remarks.

  11. avatar Dr Brainwash says:

    Western Europe will soon be known as Eurabia. Eastern Europe will likley consolidate and defend its self while rallying with Russia.

    1. avatar B says:

      We were always at war with Eurabia. Our political leaders just won’t admit it.

    2. avatar 16V says:

      Hopefully as the Muslim animals show their true level of hatred towards civilization, maybe, just maybe, Western Europe will put down the PC kool-aid, and do what needs be done.

      The citizens are seeing the reality of allowing mostly illiterate, 80-ish IQ, violent inbreds across the border. It’s gaining on the YouTubes, stories of attacking the citizens and the media are now getting out, the fact that there are “no-go” zones is finally acknowledged. Finally some wide. mumbling backlash – though it’s not shown on US media.

      I really will miss Western Europe when/if it does fall, but at least it will serve as a warning to the rest of the civilized world. At least Putin knows to maintain a culture…

      1. avatar Mudshark says:

        God bless Putin

      2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

        16V, I doubt it. Just today a Muslim in Scotland was murdered by fellow Muslims because he wished Christians a Happy Easter.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Link? I haven’t heard of that.

        2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Today Muslims also killed 65 people, mostly women and children, in Pakistan celebrating Easter. Over 300 additional people were injured. The attack targeted Christians.

          http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/27/blast-near-pakistan-park-kills-10.html
          http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-blast-idUSKCN0WT0HR

          The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.

          “The target was Christians,” a spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said. “We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore.”

          “He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”

      3. avatar int19h says:

        Hahahaha.

        This is Moscow :
        http://loveopium.ru/content/2011/08/3b8229d3f765_14543/20.jpg
        http://novostink.ru/uploads/posts/2011-08/1314695412_74.jpg
        http://vegchel.ru/uploads/posts/2015-09/1443082648_os_sgz7lu0k.jpg
        http://www.inmsk.ru/images/36780/78/367807814.jpg
        http://s41.radikal.ru/i094/1008/33/3b826dfd35ef.jpg
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx5KlxqenNo

        This is the guy who was awarded Hero of Russia – the highest state award, for “service to the Russian state and nation, usually connected with a heroic feat of valor”:
        https://02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/president-ramzan-kadyrov.jpg

        The same guy boasted of “killing my first Russian at 16”. Today, he’s Putin’s best friend and most trusted ally – because he carries out orders without questioning them, and is not afraid of breaking heads in the process if he has to. See Nemtsov for an example.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          int19h, I’m very not pro Putin, nor current Russia – it’s a frakkin’ mess. Horrible poverty, secret police, and the rest. (I am pro-Ukraine, but that’s for a different day…)

          That said, Russian culture will survive the Muslim onslaught, because/despite their current dictator. because they won’t allow a culture inherently bent on destruction of all but their own, to operate in Russia.

        2. avatar int19h says:

          Perhaps, perhaps not. But it’s patently obvious that Putin of all people is not doing anything to “save the culture”; quite the opposite, in fact. It’s why vast majority of Russian nationalists hold negative opinions of him.

          As for how likely the culture is to be preserved… Russians have allowed their culture to be decimated twice before – first under the Mongol yoke and the following establishment of Asiatic despotism of Russian rulers copying the Mongols, which completely replaced the previous, very freedom-oriented and individualist culture (just compare Novgorod with its veche to Moscow from Ivan III on); and then in 1917 by Bolsheviks. In both cases the masses have ultimately let themselves be led wherever the rulers desired. This sort of thing is exactly why many Ukrainians, for example, accuse of Russians having a “slavish national mentality”. I used to dismiss that theory, but having watched what’s going on in the country in the past couple of years, and how people react to it, they might be right (not individually – there is no such thing as a “slave gene” – but as a nation defined by its culture, said culture defined by its history).

          So if Putin decides to make a bet on Muslims all of a sudden, I think he could push it through.

          For now, though, it’s purely about economy. Illegal immigrant labor is cheap and abundant, and Russia has a big demographic problem, so that’s how the government solves it.

      4. avatar ThomasR says:

        Miss western europe? I don’t want to wish anyone the hell they have created for themselves, but they did create it. They have no one else to blame.

  12. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Context within culture matters…

    A gesture of peace and goodwill to one culture, could be a gesture of weakness to another.

    1. avatar 16V says:

      I’ve got a c-note that says this image will be in ISIS propaganda materials within the week.

  13. avatar Publius says:

    Put up or shut up, Pope. Get rid of your armed guards, bulletproof Pope mobile, etc and actually trust that God will protect you (I mean, you’re supposed to be the most super Christian alive, you should out your full faith in your religion then).

    1. avatar Cornholio says:

      Exactly. But the idiots who revere this fool will keep on buying his BS.

    2. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      For all the Pope’s bitching about how mean America is for wanting to erect a wall to keep out illegal invaders, he sure seems to enjoy the 39 foot high wall surrounding the Holy See.

      Pope Francis, tear down that wall!

      1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

        Pope Francis, tear down that wall!

        QFT

  14. avatar Sammy^ says:

    Says the guy with a foot fetish.

  15. avatar Pascal says:

    This from an organization that still believed not too long ago that the earth was the center of the universe. The same church that allowed the Jews to be slaughtered during WWII. The church that took years to acknowledge the number of pedophiles within its ranks of priests.

    The church, is once again wrong and this Pope wishes to play politics and be a socialist political leader as well as play politically correctness more than anything else.

    I no longer attend on a regular basis and here is another reason why.

    1. avatar Watts' Twat says:

      Actually the Pope during WWII saved thousands from annihilation, so did his nuns, priests, monks, bishops and cardinals, some paid for it with their lives. The fact is as priests Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II smuggled many Jews out of Poland, Germany, Italy etc. and they weren’t the only ones doing it. The Roman Catholic Church ran the biggest “underground railroad” in history plus by not directly confronting the Nazis the church was able to maintain it’s operation throughout ALL of Europe during the war. Once the Iron Curtain descended upon Eastern Europe following WWII “the church” continued spiriting people to freedom.

    2. avatar Stuki Moi says:

      Organizations don’t believe. Only individuals do.

      Theologically, the earth is the center of the Universe. Could be represented so astronomically as well, if you don’t mind complicating the geometry a lot. But Occam is a rule of thumb, not revealed religion.

      By the time WWII rolled around, as Stalin pointed out so eloquently, the Pope was a few divisions short of being in a position to neither allow nor disallow much of anything.

      And as for supposed pedophiles, aside from the whole silliness being exaggerated, 100-1 at least, on account of a society where shoving ones dick into something has taken over the position God used to have back when The Church actually had some sway: Most of the priests supposedly involved, were recruited when being “gay curious” was taken as a sign one should perhaps repent extra hard by joining the clergy, not as a sign one should go to San Francisco to spread aids around. Meaning, what created whatever little core of truth there may be to the “pedophile priest scandal”, was society around The Church devolving. It didn’t originate from within The Church itself.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        The significance of the pedophile scandal is not how widespread is was or wasn’t, or how many kids were attacked. The significance is that the church leadership was aware that a number of priests were committing heinous crimes, and chose to protect those criminals and engage in a cover-up. It doesn’t matter if it was one guy or ten thousand guys, shuffling around known child predators to keep the whole thing quiet so as not to embarrass the church is inexcusable.

        1. avatar Stuki Moi says:

          Who “knew?” Again, knowing something, is something individuals (some of us at least) do. Not “The Church”, “Church Leadership”, “women”, “Blacks”, “The Muslims”, nor “The People.” And what exactly was it those guys “knew?” Did the Pope travel Church to Church to witness first hand as the gayquisition raped little boys?

          Or, did someone, omg!!, say something lurid, oooh!, about someone else, while a supposed “leader” listened in? The Church has been around for centuries. If they want to remain relevant, they need to clean their own house. Those who don’t trust them to do so, should consider keeping their kids away from people they don’t trust. It’s called commonsense parenting skills. Petty witch hunts are there to make otherwise utterly useless politicians, trial lawyers and other assorted busibodies appear to serve some meaningful function. Cheering on a gaggle of apparatchiks, regulation riders and Junta profiteers to insert themselves ever deeper into the decision making apparatus of yet more organizations, is exactly the worst possible response to absolutely anything whatsoever.

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        “what created whatever little core of truth there may be to the “pedophile priest scandal”, was society around The Church devolving. It didn’t originate from within The Church itself.”

        Not sure whether this qualifies better as “denier” or “apologist”. Sure seems to qualify as “Wrong”. All over the world, complaints by young boys and/or their parents to the police were ignored and redirected toward the church, which responded once the noise became deafening, by transferring the pervert to another happy hunting ground without bothering to tell the new victim population what kind of pig was coming. For 1000 years. NYC cops, essentially all catholic, would not even listen to any complaint about a priest, much less a bishop or higher, while all ranks were involved. Police sending people back to their abusers, when the reported abuse is a big-time felony and violent crime, as an automatic reaction, takes CENTURIES of acclimatization, not “years”.

    3. avatar LarryinTX says:

      “The church that took years to acknowledge the number of pedophiles within its ranks of priests”

      Years? Without bothering with evidence, it is clear to thinking people that the church has been a haven for pedophiles/homosexuals since the celibacy requirement, now over 1000 years ago, and that every administration knew it and most had participated in it, and in hiding it. Of course they denied it, because they could.

  16. avatar 10x25mm says:

    Bergoglio is a left Peronist and they are all loose screws. Argentina fell from the fifth wealthiest country in the world to its current basket case status after falling under the spell of Juan and his second wife Eva.

    The central belief of all Peronists, left and right, is the universiality of conspiracies. This blinds them to reality and hobbles any effort they make to improve the human condition. Generally Peronists find the very worst response to every situation.

    Bergoglio is not speaking ex cathedra, so his nutty personal views can be ignored.

    Wesolych Alleluja!

    1. avatar DonS says:

      Then why did He give us the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch with which we might blow a rabbit to tiny bits?

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        Ok, South Park mixed with Python. I think my head’s about to explode.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Blow up The Holy Hand Grenade, not your head!

          And do it on the count of three, being one more than two, and one less than…

          (Use *extreme* caution if the bunny rabbit has long teeth…)

  17. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Wow. Just, wow. The cognitive dissonance is strong with the Pope.

    Mr. Weingarten’s analysis is spot on and I cannot add anything to it.

  18. avatar Guardiano says:

    The progs love this man, despite being a literal patriarch of a literal theocracy.

  19. avatar CZ Peasy says:

    Luke 22:36
    Happy Easter!

  20. avatar CMM says:

    “Just wars”…hmmm… those Crusades we never finished?

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      Just wars? The crusades would qualify as such. What the Muslims had conquered by the sword was once all christian lands, and they were on the path to conquer the remnants that were left of christian western Europe and Italy.

      We escaped by the skin of western civilizations teeth, (one big reason was Martel the Hammers defeat of the invasion of Muslims into western Europe).

      The pope at that time understood the danger that Islam held for what would become western civilization. Too bad the current pope disregards the lessons of history.

  21. avatar karlb says:

    “If Popes in the days of the Crusades had urged their followers to welcome Muslim invaders, Christian Europe would never have survived and thrived.” Isn’t the first clause a bit backwards? Yup, in the 8th century the Moors invaded Europe, but that was not the Crusades.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      No, the crusades were the response, according to the winners.

  22. avatar Anon in CT says:

    The Peronist Pope is just another South American Socialist.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      Yep just another Leftist from Leftist South America.

      As Prager says….”The Left destroys everything it touches”

      He’s off to a really fast start with the entire Catholic Church.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        We should be so lucky.

  23. avatar JonFTC says:

    Pope Francis is a communist idiot.

  24. avatar JTizel says:

    He needs to retire, it was a…bombing! I guess it doesnt apply to his security detail:

    http://culturalmarxism.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/573679-959b78be-77b7-11e4-a255-99e9e1332fdb1.jpg

  25. avatar Bosko Dewlapp says:

    Like blaming flies for dawgshit.

    Not to mention that the explosives were likely home-made.

  26. avatar dave s says:

    Evil exists in the world and must be resisted.

  27. avatar Jared says:

    The pope is a straight up communist asshole.

    He should tear down the Vatican walls, allow everyone who wants to move there to move. And he should disarm all his guards.

    I’m so sick of this asshole, I think I dislike him more than I dislike Obama.

  28. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    In a fine Chicago tradition, might I suggest some phleger dollars the next time they pass the basket?

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bmBcDU-NbT4/VlaNGmVCttI/AAAAAAAAEis/xHXt7EnQ7EY/s1600/phlegerdollar%2B%25282%2529.jpg

  29. avatar PatG says:

    I am an every Sunday Mass attending Catholic. I am also a law abiding gun owner, avid shooting enthusiast, and a licensed concealed carrier. Not only is the Holy Father a dissapointment, he is truly a Holy Idiot.

  30. avatar Big Jim says:

    What a complete moron sounds like Hillary Clinton. Yeah don’t blame the individuals that are terrorists Actually committing the crimes Blame the weapons manufacturers what an ass!I would Raised Roman Catholicism went to Catholic elementary school Catholic High School In after all those years studying Catholicism Just a bunch of bullshit. Just like the Pope. They never talk about the 2000 year Crusades that killed millions of people all in the name of God Such hypocrites!

  31. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    The pope should read the Bible. It explains this, and it has nothing to do with guns or arms manufacturers.

    1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      Yes, it would be nice if people actually did read the Bible.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Particularly the pope!

  32. avatar Mark says:

    Religion is the cause of the majority of the word’s problems. Almost every conflict can be traced back to it….
    Mankind would be much better off without it.

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      Nope Mark, your comment shows a complete lack of awareness of history; especially of the last some odd hundred years..

      Such as the hundreds of millions in the bastions of godlessness known as Stalinist Russia, (50 millionish murdered,) Moaist China(80 to a hundred million dead), Pol-Pot and then the 50 million or so murdered unborn babies in the west.

      People in power use whatever belief system that can rally the masses (useful idiots) to follow them in committing mass murder. It was religion in the past, (except Islam) , now they use the useful idiots that folliw the cult of Communism and it’s belief in no god to continue to commit mass murder.

      So Mark, it is not religion that is the problem, it is people that blindly follow a belief that promotes power over others at the point of a sword, or a gun.

      Now adays, that would mostly be the athiests that follow communism and all of it’s spawn, ie marxism, socialism, and Islam.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        How about the atheists who don’t? ALL religion, cults, looney tunes, are enabled by sheer ignorance and brainwashing, if we get loose from the silliness we can begin to make rational decisions. Until then, we have a problem, and that problem can best be described as “religion”.

    2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      Religion is the cause of the majority of the word’s problems. Almost every conflict can be traced back to it….
      Usually money and power are the root cause and some theology or ideology is used as a mask or smoke screen..

    3. avatar 16V says:

      Religion is nothing but when the first conman met the first sucker (thanks Mark Twain).

    4. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Mark, I’d bet I’m more anti-religion than you ever were, but here I can’t agree. Superstitious diddleycrap and scary stories helped bring order and, eventually, civilization to an era of chaos. Condemning all religions for what they are involved with *today* is fair, they should be gone. But condemning what they were before we had any idea of the truth is not fair, and ignores the contributions churches have made in the previous 5000 years, when we did not have a way to know better. And we *still* may kill ourselves because we are not ready for the responsibility of being alone.

  33. avatar DrVino says:

    The “Merchants of Death” conspiracy theory is a leftist device.
    And the pope is steeped in “liberation theology” (ie Marxist ideals, dressed up in theological rhetoric), NOT Christian theology.

    One may choose to argue that much of J.C.’s teachings are very similar to communist ideals, and I would not disagree….

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      I would disagree. Read the Communist Manifesto and get back to me on how Jesus’ teachings (or any of the Bible) support that.

    2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      Abolition of private property, a heavy progressive income tax, abolition of all rights of inheritance, confiscation of all property of emigrants, all credit controlled by the State, all instruments of production owned by the State…I don’t recall Jesus espousing those values at all.

    3. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      Oh yes, and don’t forget this one: communism makes all existing religions superfluous and supersedes them. Jesus taught the exact opposite, that we as individuals show love for, demonstrate compassion for, and should take care of one another, not the state.

      1. avatar ThomasR says:

        Yep. Jesus was the one rebelling against the state, and all of the corruption and abuse of power it represented.

        If Jesus was alive today, his disciples would be carrying pistols and he would be preaching against the corruption and the godlessness of the vipers in government.

        1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Jesus did not rebel against the State. When the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar, He commanded them to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Look up where the phrase “go the extra mile” comes from. Jesus rebelled against corruption in religion, such as the Pharisees and Sadducees. Not only were they corrupting religion, but in the case of the money changers and people selling sacrificial animals outside the temple they were stealing from the people. If Jesus wanted to rebel against the state he could have avoided arrest and crucifixion. When he entered the city during Passover he did so as their savior, not as their earthly king to overthrow the Roman government and Roman occupation (which is what many or most wanted, asking Jesus to save them, crying help us –Hosanna). But that time will come. His first mission was to be the good shepherd, gathering Jews and Gentiles alike.

          As for the disciples carrying modern firearms, I agree with you.

        2. avatar ThomasR says:

          Umm, I saw Christ rebelling against the state, that of Jerusalem as well as that of Rome.

          But he understood it had to start with the heart of man. So he began the rebellion where it really matters. And a couple of hundred of years later, it replaced the state religion of Rome, and today, almost 2 billion people are proclaimed as christians, the most of any belief system on the planet.

          This is where the rebellion, and the rebirth, has to begin. The outward manifestation of tyranny simply reflects the tyranny of men over man’s spirit, starting with the self.

          This is why we have gone down the road of tyranny of godless men over man these last hundred years. This is the price we pay for rejecting the Christ’s message. Until we return to the message he paid with his life to bring us; the tyranny will continue, and fighting it’s outward manifestation before this happens, will simply bring mass death and blood, feeding more tyranny and oppression.

          This is why, I believe, the Jews and their temple were destroyed, and the Jews scattered to the winds. They fought the outward manifestation of Romes tyranny, while leaving the chains on their soul, by rejecting the Christ’s message.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          “If Jesus was alive today”

          Or, of it was *ever* alive, …

          I mean, we realize we are speaking of the illegitimate offspring of a space alien and a human 12-year-old, right? Doesn’t seem really likely given what we now know about genetics, does it?

          Where does the bible explain that, other than proclaiming “magic”?

      2. avatar DrVino says:

        I didn’t say he was a Marxist. I said: “much of J.C.’s teachings are very similar to communist ideals”.
        It’s not a nuanced distinction. But it allows for the existence of “Liberation Theology”.

        1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

          I think Jesus was addressing non-government private individuals, and not governments.

        2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          No, they are not.

        3. avatar DrVino says:

          That’s a rather selective interpretation of the totality of what he preached.

      3. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        Jesus taught the exact opposite, that we as individuals show love for, demonstrate compassion for, and should take care of one another, not the state.
        …and the people said Amen.

        1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Amen.

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          I need to watch the video to be certain. 2000 year old hearsay doesn’t do it for me. Sorry if my gullibility fails the test. Why not a recordable reappearance? Other than it is not possible, because it is bunk. Just everybody knows precisely what jesus said, and every report is different.

    4. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      And the pope is steeped in “liberation theology” (ie Marxist ideals, dressed up in theological rhetoric), NOT Christian theology.
      It would seem so.

  34. avatar JTizel says:

    In more current news, blast in Pakistan kills. Someone shooting off the 460 mag again?

  35. avatar Felix says:

    Sooo … blowback exists when it’s due to the Pope washing Muslim feet, but not from invaders?

    Consequences sometimes, like when it suits the diatribe?

    Yes, Pope Francis is ignorant in many many fields, including economics, statism, and plain common sense. So let’s somehow make this about encouraging Muslim blowback.

    Criminy. Muslims who see a ritual foot-washing as cause for suicide missions don’t need such flimsy excuses. Anything will do …. such as invasions, drones, and other quite literal attacks..

    1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      Yes, Pope Francis is ignorant in many many fields, including economics, statism, and plain common sense.
      Add theology to the list.

  36. avatar Bill Gates says:

    Delusion doesn’t limit itself to a single topic.

  37. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    At a traditional pre-Easter ritual, the Pope washed the feet of refuges, including a Catholic woman, Muslims, and a Hindu man. The ritual had long been limited to practising Catholic men, almost exclusively, priests.
    In some German Baptist type churches, this would be the same as baptizing and giving communion to non-believers.
    I have attended churches where foot washing was considered a sacrament.

    1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
      Draw your own conclusions on the application of this to non-believers and why some churches consider it a sacrament.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Are you guys listening to yourselves? Washing somebody’s feet has any importance, anywhere, in any context, for any reason, today? How stupid is that? This is ridiculous!

  38. avatar Steve Day says:

    It takes a special kind of stupid to blame a triple suicide bombing (2 at the airport, 1 on the metro) on gun manufacturers!

    What an irrelevant moron he is.

  39. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Just for whiners of the Crusades, one must remember that Islam has been at war with Christianity since its inception. The Crusades were a counter offensive for land previously lost to the Muslims. Of course how much all of this is religion and how much is land, money, and power is your own conclusion.
    The Crusades were sort of a military flop, but in other indirect areas it was a total success.
    No Crusades = no Renaissance.

  40. avatar Dr Brainwash says:

    I almost want to say that the prophecy of the popes is correct. It said the last pope would be this one. But he would not be a real pope as he would not be Christian, and he would destroy the Catholic Church.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Say what?

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Thanx, Danny, workin’ on it.

        2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          I wouldn’t put too much stock in it, though. 🙂

  41. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Given that the splodey-dopes manufactured their suicide-vest bombs themselves, in a manner of speaking, Francis is correct. But in a more common-sense manner of speaking, Francis is full of it, and should mind his own business. Commercial arms manufacturers had nothing to do with Brussels. Commercial arms – including firearms – had nothing to do with Brussels.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Well, I can agree that we should outlaw using homemade explosives to kill our neighbors, but isn’t that already illegal? So what is the point here? Making something completely unrelated illegal, as well, for no explained reason?

  42. avatar jeremiah kindel says:

    Hopefully Europe has another Vlad Tepes in their ranks. To defend against this kind of insanity.

    1. avatar Watts' Twat says:

      ^ THIS!

      A real Pope would be calling for a Crusade.

      1. avatar int19h says:

        Last time Europe had a big crusade, the first thing they did was sack and burn down Constantinople, the largest Eastern Orthodox city and capital of the Eastern Orthodox empire.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Constantinople_(1204)#Sack_of_Constantinople

        If we’re getting back to the good old times of the crusades, and their associated traditions, that would be a part of it, no? But these days, you’d have to look elsewhere to find Eastern Orthodox in such numbers. Like, say, Moscow.

        I mean, you’ve got to start somewhere.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          You did not make that clear enough. Constantinople was Christian, spoke a different language than the crusaders, was therefore wiped out and looted by crusaders in the name of the pope, to punish muslims. You would think god would have told them there was a mistake, no? If he existed? Right?

    2. avatar int19h says:

      Nothing like a guy who enjoyed dining amidst impaled people (for amusement and better digestion) to be the leader of the Free World, right?

  43. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Yea, right. As tho there’s a company that sells TATP in off-the-shelf packages.

  44. avatar Watts' Twat says:

    I’m Catholic and the Marxist Capo Di Tutti Popey is a moron. I won’t shed a tear if/when ISIS places his severed head on a pike outside the Vatican, maybe then we will get a new Pope, one that champions the tenets of my faith and advocates for a 21st Century Crusade.

    1. Well, that was not exactly put diplomatically,
      but I still agree!

      🙂

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      But somehow, you still believe the BS? What about infallibility? You’re a believer in WHAT?

  45. avatar H says:

    He’s not perfect. Should we be alarmed?
    He has said and done a lot of non traditional things opening the way for a less dogmatic take on religion.
    This idea that the manufacturers are at fault is an immature viewpoint. Sort of like if we get rid of guns in America there won’t be any violence.
    Is there a lot of international gun running? Sure, but peace will come from other directions.

  46. avatar Greg Kraft says:

    Congrats on getting me to your website based on a flashy title. I won’t be back and here’s why:

    You guys obviously can’t read.

    The Pope didn’t say “gun manufacturers did it”. The Pope said that arms dealers want blood and not peace.

    The article does not reference any specific arms dealers that have demonstrated they want peace and not blood.

    So really the article is just a “pat ourselves on the back” piece to get us to visit this site for your ads.

    Except I’m blocking this site now because I don’t like the “gotcha” approach to “journalism”.

    1. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

      Don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out Greggy. Oh yeah-welcome to the internet…

    2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      “Three days ago, there was a gesture of war…Behind that gesture there were arms manufacturers…”

      What do arms manufacturers have to do with the Brussels bombings? Does the pope also object to arms manufacturers who make the guns for his private security force? Or the Italian police?

    3. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      Bye, Felicia

  47. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    Don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out Greggy. Oh yeah welcome to the wonderful world of the web…

  48. avatar stevor says:

    if he were actually Godly, he’d blame SATAN!

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      He already understands that everything in the bible is bunk.

  49. avatar M J Johnson says:

    I disagree with Pope Francis on some topics. But I also think he’s the most Christian Pope I’ve seen in my lifetime. Just like Jesus, he’s upset the status quo by living a Christ-like life. A life based on loving all people, no matter who and what they are. I also love how both the extreme right and the extreme left have hissy fits over what he says and does. That means he’s doing his job

    Just like Jesus.

    1. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

      MY LORD and SAVIOR is NOT a marxist/communist old dude in a dress. HE is GOD the SON. John Paul 2 was easily the most “Christian pope”. He defied communism. Franny embraces it…

  50. avatar MeRp says:

    For Catholics the washing of the feet is also considered an act of submission. It represents that the Pope is in service to mankind/Christianity/the Catholic Church. Not really such a shabby idea to keep a leader, with substantial power, humbled at least once a year. I don’t really see it as his fault or problem that extreme cultists mistake his actions for an admission of defeat or whatever.
    Of course blaming “weapon merchants” for the actions of extreme cultists IS his fault; it is as idiotic and useless as blaming all muslims (or gun owners) for the actions of a very few.

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