Pope Francis Says “Small Group” Deserves No Freedom of Speech and Press

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Pope Francis has not shied away from expressing his disdain for the principles of the constitution, specifically the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press and has used the fake news fiasco to again decry what he considers terrorism. Previously he stated that “‘there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.’”[1]  Most recently, in an interview with the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio, some of his statements are directly aimed at the remnant, the small group described in Revelation 12:17. “Religious distortions, yes. For example, all religions have fundamentalist groups. All of them, we do too. And they destroy, starting from their fundamentalism. But these are small religious groups that have distorted and have ‘sickened’ their religion, and as a result they fight, they wage war, or they cause division in communities, which is a form of war. But these are the fundamentalist groups we have in all religions. There is always a small group…’”[2] Previously Pope Francis described fundamentalists as those who “rigidly” keep the commandments of God, those who believe in absolute truth, and those who refuse to unite in ecumenism. Pope Francis was correct when he stated that there are small groups in all religions including his own; these small companies are the ones that will leave the ranks of Babylon when they hear the loud cry message of the third angel and join the ranks of God’s faithful remnant people, those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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These “small groups,” those who cause division, according to Pope Francis deserve no rights to freedom of speech or the press. He stated the following in the same interview, “‘I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true…The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics…They can be used as means of defamation.’ Defamation, Francis cautioned, is a ‘sin.’”[3] In the same statement he said that no one has the right to defame others.  This statement is clearly aimed at those who preach the peculiar messages of the three angels found in Revelation 14:6-12, calling sin by its right name, and identifying Babylon, her daughters along with their abominations.  These are the individuals that will be accused of bullying, online hate speeches, terrorist recruitment and/or grooming, and will have their freedom of the press revoked, which is also a repression of their freedom of speech.

The timing that Pope Francis made his statement is not at all coincidental considering the latest initiatives of the major social media companies to deal with online extremism.  A recent headline reads, “Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content,” wherein it is stated, “the tech companies plan to create a shared database of ‘unique digital fingerprints’ that can identify images and videos promoting terrorism.’”[4]  In other words, if one company flags a user, the other companies will be automatically notified and have the information from said user removed and the user banned. It must not be forgotten that one by one Pope Francis has met with the CEO’s of most of these companies over the same matter of stopping online bullying and terrorism.  To express the urgency of this matter, a Reuters article reports “U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.”[5] Indeed the final movements are rapid ones and in order for the National Sunday Law to be enforced, freedom of speech and the press must be denied along with the other principles of the constitution. Even now and leading up to the time when this earth is plunged into the final crisis, it will be Satan’s studied aim to blot the “small group,” the remnant, who hold to the commandments of God, completely out of existence; but try as might, he shall not prevail, for to them the declaration of God is given: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” Revelation 14:12

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“Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects, he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. . . . Their only hope is in the mercy of God; their only defense will be prayer.”[6]

“As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God’s people in the time of trouble. And as he accused Jacob, he will urge his accusations against the people of God. He numbers the world as his subjects; but the little company who keep the commandments of God are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete.”[7]

[1]http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/01/15/pope_francis_says_there_are_limits_to_freedom_of_expression/1118400

[2] http://www.lastampa.it/2016/12/07/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/europe-is-in-need-of-leaders-who-go-ahead-vc08STV1q7InpkR2iWsReO/pagina.html

[3] http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/pope-francis-fake-news-232309

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/05/facebook-twitter-google-microsoft-terrorist-extremist-content

[5] http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-hate-speech-idUSKBN13T0XI

[6] White, Ellen. The Faith I Live By (1958), page 289

[7] White, Ellen. The Great Controversy(1911), page 618

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