In response to the Charlie Hebdo attack, Pope Francis said the following during his visit to the Philippines:
“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.”
No. Wrong. Not in a free society. One cannot claim an exclusion to speech that is only conciliatory to religion…and still claim free speech. The right of free speech is the essential underpinning to religious liberty.
I’m disappointed to hear this from the Pontiff.
On the flipped, claims of religious liberty have been bandied about recklessly in this nation. And are just as misguided. One does not have a right to use government a a venue to validate or promote any religion, and still call it a free society.
Religion is belief. Religion is faith. The liberty to practice and worship as we please [or not] is a base component of freedom. Using government as a vehicle to promote religion, or restrict criticism of religion…..perverts both faith and government.