Insult Islam And Get A Punch – Pope Francis

Pope Francis Wednesday condemned French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, for mocking Islam. The pope while affirming the freedom of expression also denounced any act that derogates other people’s religion. “There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” the pope said aboard a flight from Sri Lanka. He added that “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity…in freedom of expression there are limits.” The Pope said he understood why Muslims reacted with violent anger, turning to a friend.  Turning to his friend, the pope said “If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” Francis thereafter threw a mock punch to illustrate a justifiable response from people who felt that their faith had been offended.

 

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