CAMERON VS. THE POPE: British PM Says Pope Is Wrong Saying ‘Those Who Mock Islam Should Expect a Punch’

Published on January 18, 2015

David Cameron is calling out the Pope in light of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

David Cameron has criticised the Pope, insisting it is wrong to suggest that those who mock Islam and other religions could ‘expect a punch’.

In a highly-unusual move, the Prime Minister put himself at odds with the Pontiff, insisting someone who is offended does not have the right to ‘wreak vengeance’.

The Pope caused anger last week when he suggested people ‘cannot insult the faith of others’, adding that he would punch someone if they offended his mother, as he debated freedom of speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The Pontiff said there were limits to freedom of expression and that ‘provocateurs’ should not purposely anger religious people.

Speaking on board the papal plane on his way to the Philippines, he also insisted that it was an ‘aberration’ to kill in the name of God and that religion can never be used to justify violence.

By way of example, Pope Francis referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organises papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

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