The statements of the Archbishop of Toulouse, France, Robert Le Gall, sparked controversy in France after he stressed the need to respect religions and not offend them, and said that “freedom of expression has limits.”
The Archbishop of Toulouse said that “religions cannot be mocked, (because) we see the results,” referring to the incident that killed 3 people outside a church in Nice.
The archbishop added: “Sometimes we put fuel on the fire, through Charlie Hebdo cartoons,” calling for desist from that “because these cartoons are against Muslims, but they are also against the Christian religion,” as he put it.
He also called for stopping publishing and distributing these cartoons in schools in particular, saying: “I think we see the consequences, pouring fuel on the fire … Freedom of expression has limits like all human freedoms.”
He stressed that “it is better to defend the values of the Republic, and for brotherhood,” adding that it is necessary to defend “the freedom to be together, to talk together, and to be brothers together. But not to insult each other.”
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