Hippie Pope to Gun Makers: You Can't Sit With Us

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Another day, another statement from the Pope to make right wing-types tear out their last, sparse remaining hairs: at a rally in Turin, Italy, the pope condemned weapons manufacturers, suggesting they can’t consider themselves Christians.

According to Reuters, Pope Francis discarded his prepared remarks at a youth rally in Turin, speaking instead about “war, trust and politics.”

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons,” he said at one point. “That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” He also criticized anyone who invests in the weapons industry: “Duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”

One of Pope Francis’s main missions is total nuclear disarmament; on Easter Sunday, worldwide talks to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program were getting underway, he prayed that they would be successful and that they would be “a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”


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Pope Francis touches the faithful in Turin, Italy on June 21. Photo via AP Images

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