British Prime Minister David Cameron said that “in a free society, there is a right to cause offense about someone’s religion,” taking issue with Pope Francis’ assertion that there are “limits” to free speech.
“I’m a Christian,” Cameron said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “If someone says something offensive about Jesus, I might find that offensive, but in a free society I don’t have a right to wreak my vengeance upon them. We have to accept that newspapers, magazines can publish things that are offensive to some as long as it’s within the law.”
On Thursday, responding to the terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, the pope defended freedom of expression and said nothing could justify the horrific attack. However, he added that the newspaper had gone too far in its portrayal of Muslim characters.
“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Pope Francis said.