Forgive him, Father, for he is a moron
|What we really need in this case is a Jesus face-punch|
“I believe that religious freedom and freedom of speech are both fundamental human rights,” Pope Francis said on his flight to the Philippines Thursday morning. But “freedom of expression has limits,” he added.
During his flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Philippines, Pope Francis spent 45 minutes engaging in a Q&A with journalists from around the world. Sebastien Maillard, representing the French daily newspaper La Croix, brought up the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and asked the Pope whether, in his opinion, there are limits on freedom of expression out of regard for religious freedom.
Francis replied that everyone has the right to practice their religion without offending others. “You cannot go to war, killing in the name of their religion, that is, in the name of God,” he said. “This is an aberration.”
Regarding free speech, the Pope also said that “everyone not only has the freedom and the right but also the duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But without offending.” He did not speak, however, of legal limits but suggested the need for self-regulation.
The Pope offered an example. “If Dr. Gasbarri”—the organizer of the Pope’s trips, who was standing next to the Pope—“who is a great friend of mine, insults my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. You cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others, you cannot mock the religion of others,” he said.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.