Pope Francis Says Free Speech Has Its Limits, Gets Slammed

“One cannot make fun of faith.” Freedom of expression has become the most debated topic in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

Everyone who’s anyone has something to say on the matter, making the term one of the most complicated phenomenon in today’s world.

In times like these, when people are deeply frustrated over what happened, Pope Francis added his views on the issue.

En-route to Manila, Philippines, the pontiff expressed that “killing in the name of God is wrong’ but there are limits to freedom of expression, and that 'one cannot make fun of faith.'” These comments were made during the press conference pope held in the plane.

"One cannot make war (or) kill in the name of one's own religion… to kill in the name of God is an aberration,” he responded when asked about Charlie Hebdo.  “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits.”

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He further said that everyone has not only the liberty, but also the obligation “to say what he thinks to help the common good.” However, it should be done in a way that doesn’t offend anyone.

The pope then made reference to Alberto Gasbarri, the man standing next to him on the plane, and drew an interesting analogy.

"If Dr. Gasbarri, a great friend, says a swear word against my mother, then a punch awaits him," he said. "It's normal, it's normal. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith."

These comments, however, are being slammed on the social media, with people condemning the pope for saying such things. Perhaps the confusion surrounding the issue of free speech is preventing people to make sense of what the pope has said.

During the fight, pontiff also talked about global warming, and how he was convinced that it was "mostly man-made" and that "man has slapped nature in the face."

Francis is currently on his way to meet the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines where people are enthusiastically awaiting his arrival.

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