Pope Francis Defending Muslim Terrorists? Concept Of Limitations On Freedom Of Expression Raises Concerns

Meaghan Ellis

Pope Francis recently shared his perspective on freedom of expression and the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Surprisingly, he provided a generalized analysis of the situation from the perspective of both parties involved.

While most have condemned Muslims for the Paris massacre, which claimed the lives of 12 innocent people, the pope took different stance. However, his opinion has raised concerns because the wording seemingly suggested that the pope is "defending" Muslims and their volatile actions, which were carried out in the name of religion.

Pope Francis started off with a reference to Alberto Gasbarri in order to prove his point. He spoke about actions and consequences, along with limitations, that should be considered where freedom of speech is concerned.

According to Yahoo! News, the pope also shared his perspective on whether there should be limitations on freedom of expression. He gave a surprising response on the concept of "freedom of expressing" meeting "freedom of religion."

"There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others. They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasbarri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit."

Pope Francis' words have sparked yet another debate. While some readers feel his words have been taken out of context, others feel he could used a better choice of words to get his point across.

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