Friday, January 16, 2015
"There Are Limits To Free Expression"-- Pope Francis
Pope Francis said there are limits to free expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith. He added that defending free speech is not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of common good. But he said there were limits. By way of example he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who was standing by his side, "If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, through a pretend punch on his way. "It is normal. You can not provoke. You can not insult the faith of others. You can not make the fun of faith of others." Recently Vatican and four prominent French Imams issued a joint declaration that denounced the attack but also urged the media to treat religion with respect. Francis insisted that it was 'aberration' to kill in the name of God and said relious should never be used to justify violence. But he said there was a limit to free speech when it when it concerned to offending someone's religious beliefs.