A French archbishop has warned of the dangers of publishing offensive (to Muslims) cartoons, noting there are limits to freedom of expression amid terrorist attacks on France from the Muslim world.
therahnuma (h/t Marcin W) The Archbishop of Toulouse Robert Le Gall said he opposed the publishing of caricatures insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, saying “there are limits to freedom of speech.” (If there are limits, there is no freedom)
“These are considered an insult to Muslims and ‘Christians’ (not Christians with half a brain) alike and they should not be spread further. We all see their results,” he said in comments to France Bleu radio station, according to an Arabi21 report.
“There are limits to freedom of expression and we should realise that we do not have the right to insult religions,” he added. (Freedom of expression does NOT give anyone the right NOT to be offended)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been vocal against France for its Islamophobia, vowed to take “legal and diplomatic action” over another Charlie Hebdo cartoon that depicted Erdogan looking up a woman’s skirt while drinking beer in his underpants. (And here it is again)
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Macron’s defence of cartoons depicting the Prophet a “stupid act” and an “insult” to those who voted for him.
On Friday, the head of Lebanon’s Shia movement Hezbollah urged France to back down from its defence of cartoons. (Or what?) “Do not allow this mockery, this aggression… to continue, and the whole world will stand with you,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said. (Only the Muslim world where there is no freedom of expression)
“French authorities instead of fixing the issue… became stubborn about this being freedom of expression,” saying “‘we want to continue with satirical cartoons’,” Nasrallah added.
“You need to think about correcting this mistake.” (We thought about it and decided to continue)