Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Archbishop Scola speaks out against blasphemy laws


Milan, May 8 - Milan Archbishop Angelo Scola on
Wednesday spoke out against blasphemy laws in the world in order
to protect religious freedom.
"In those countries still dominated by state
religion...protecting religious freedom means above all
encouraging religious pluralism and opening to all forms of
religious expression, for example eliminating laws that
criminally punish blasphemy," said Scola.
The cardinal, once considered a favorite to become pope,
was speaking at a conference devoted to the Roman emperor
Constantine, whose Edict of Milan in 313 decriminalized
His words come just two days after Islamists in the capital
of Bangladesh clashed with police, leaving at least 29 dead,
over demands that included making "insulting Islam" punishable
by death.
Scola promoted "the values of healthy secularism" that
allows for all religious expression.
In turn, he warned the west away from its "inherent
distrust" of religion.
"The practice of religious freedom is a true litmus test of
the degree of civilization of a society," he said.

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