"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39)
He referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side on the plane. If "his good friend Dr Gasparri" says a curse word against my mother, he can "expect a punch," the Pope said. (USA Today, January 16, 2015).
UPDATE: Sadder, still that others go along with it. A large number of people in this world believe that their beliefs and actions are not up for criticism or debate, and if you challenge them, they have the right to physically assault you. This is sad, too.
Some people get it. Piers Morgan does, apparently. Ronald Lindsey does too, although he seems to leave open as legitimate, the right to hurt people if they say bad things about people you love. I guess this means you can shoot someone for calling you a "motherfucker" as they insulted your Mother. Sadly, the commentators to his article (on Huffington Post, no less) seem to feel otherwise. This is what troubles me - liberals seem to be the first to defend the rights of the honor killers. I guess it is all part of "respecting diversity" or something.
While it may be true that in a criminal case, you can raise someone else's verbal provocation as part of a defense strategy, it is not an absolute defense to a crime. The "Fighting Words" doctrine, which many have bandied about is an entirely different thing - it deals only with government censorship of free speech that is deemed to be "fighting words" and even that exception has been watered down to the point of extinction.