According to Pope Francis, “You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, a blogger named Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam.”
Obviously the pope isn’t calling for laws restricting speech, at least in these remarks, but perhaps he should consider what his logic ultimately leads to before trying to yet again discuss a topic he doesn’t understand. His remarks do not answer any pertinent questions, such as who gets to decide what constitutes an insult.
It might have been more appropriate – and more libertarian – if he said violence can only be used to defend one’s right to practice their religion, not violate the right of other’s to mock it. Or, he might have called for people to be tactful when discussing religion as a social etiquette, yet add that one is not bound legally to be polite when critiquing other people’s beliefs.
Food for thought.