Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are rights that we are all entitled to as human beings.
These two rights have been debated the last couple of weeks due to the happenings in Paris.
Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, offended the Muslim community with material that was published. They published cartoons of depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
In response to the published material, terrorists attacked the offices of the magazine, killing 12 people.
The topic has been highly debated and people have been going hard from both sides. Many people have had different reasons why they would support either side.
There are also others that have seen things from a different perspective and have their reasons to see both sides as equally extreme.
Pope Francis responded to this situation by acknowledging that there is a limit to both sides.
He defended freedom of expression, but he also supported freedom of religion.
“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Pope Francis said. He respects the faith of other people and would like for other people to respect it too.
Religion is not something that should be mocked; instead it should be respected Pope Francis also mentioned how freedom of speech is a right we all have, but it should have it limits.
On the other hand, Pope Francis also said, “One cannot kill in the name of God.” Both sides went to the extreme and there should be a balance.
The press and other people have the right to express what they think, but it should be moderate and respectful to a certain extent.
If they know they will be highly affecting other people’s faith, then the material should be reconsidered before publishing. Also, people can respond to something that was published, but not by killing people. They can do so peacefully without harming other people
This is a very delicate situation, in which both sides have their viewpoints, but there should be a limit as to what should be published and the way people respond to what is published.