POPE Francis has said he supported an individual’s right to discriminate against others on religious grounds, even if they’re government officials.

The comments came during a talk aboard the Papal plane as he flew back back to The Vatican from his 10-day visit to the US.

While he did not address homosexuality specifically, nor make any direct links to controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis — who was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples based on her “religious conviction” — the comments have been interpreted as such in several media reports.

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said.

“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.

“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.

“Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not’.”

H/T: Huffington Post

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