Pope Francis says one can not insult other’s religion while defending freedom of expression.
According to media details, Pope Francis has defended freedom of expression subsequent to last week’s attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. At this occasion he also emphasised on the limits to freedom of expression. He said that other religions should be treated with respect, so that other people’s faiths were not insulted or ridiculed.
Pope Francis while illustrating his point of view, told journalists that his assistant could expect a punch if he insulted his mother. “If my good friend Doctor Gasparri speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched,” he said, throwing a pretend punch at Doctor Gasparri, who was standing beside him.
“You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit,” he asserted.
Pope Francis while speaking to the journalists while he was flying to the Philippines, said last week’s attacks were an “aberration”, and such horrific violence in God’s name could not be justified. At the same time he resolutely defended freedom of expression, but then he said there were limits, in particular when people mock other’s religion.
These remarks came as a result of terrorist attacks in France where Eight magazine staff, a visitor to the magazine, a caretaker and two policemen died in the attack. A policewoman and four people at a kosher supermarket died in separate attacks.