POPE FRANCIS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT GOOD REASON TO INSULT RELIGION

In reference to the cartoons in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis said there are limits to free speech especially when religion is insulted. He did however also point out that killing in God's name is an absurd notion. .

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As the Pope spoke to reporters on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, he shared that freedom of expression was a fundamental human right like freedom of religion but it should be used without giving offense to others.

“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Francis said, adding that every religion “has its dignity.”

Using his trip planner's example, if his “great friend says a swear word against my mother, then he is going to get a punch. But it’s normal, it’s normal.”

However he added that “one cannot offend, make war, kill in the name of one’s own religion, that is, in the name of God.”

After the Paris attacks, the Pope denounced religious fundamentalism that "inspired" the senseless killings.

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