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POPE ON CHARLIE HEBDO: ‘Freedom of Speech Should Not Allow Ridiculing Islam’

According to the pope, freedom of speech should be limited. Yes, you read that correctly.

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On Thursday, while aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

While en route to the Philippines the pope spoke of the Paris terror attacks, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.

Image credit: NTEB.com

Image credit: NTEB.com

But…he said there were limits.

Listen, folks…if you claim to support something and then you follow up with ‘but’, everything you said up to that point is moot. You either have freedom of speech or you do not have freedom of speech.

For an example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes trips for the pope and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

By making this statement, the pope is essentially blaming the Paris newspaper for the Muslim attacks that took the lives of 12 people.

Source: Fox News

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