Obama: Free speech no excuse for insult to religion

Obama: Free speech no excuse for insult to religion

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US President Barack Obama says people of faith are obligated to “condemn” insult to religion, suggesting that he disagreed with a satirical French magazine that has insulted Islam in the name of free speech.

“If in fact we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder to shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are targets of such attacks,” Obama said Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Obama, however, stopped short of mentioning the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, that was the scene of a terrorist attack in Paris last month that left 12 dead. The newspaper has repeatedly angered the Muslim world by publishing blasphemous cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The incident was followed by a series of sieges and deadly shootings across Paris.

Following the attacks, Obama was criticized for failing to attend a “unity march” in Paris in support of freedom of speech.

In his speech, Obama called on “modern” societies to “exercise civility and restraint and judgment” while respecting freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

“Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean that the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech,” he said.

“Our nations are stronger when people of all faiths feel that they are welcome — that they, too, are full and equal members of our countries,” Obama noted.

Charlie Hebdo published its first cartoon depicting Prophet Mohammed four years ago. Following the 2011 publication, the magazine’s offices were targeted in a firebomb attack.

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  • theunhivedmind

    Doublespeak as he and his Government along with Homeland Security class anyone with a Christian Bible as a domestic terrorist.

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