“We do not laugh at religions with impunity”: the controversial words of the Archbishop of Toulouse


These are controversial remarks, while France has been hit by several attacks in recent weeks. The Archbishop of Toulouse Mgr Robert Le Gall affirmed this Friday, October 30 that “Freedom of expression has limits” and that’“We cannot afford to make fun of religions, (because) we see the results that this gives”.

These comments made on France Bleu Occitanie the day after the Nice attack in a basilica (three dead) were criticized by the leader of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon and regional socialist officials.

“We sometimes add fuel to the fire with these caricature questions” of “Charlie Hebdo”, said the archbishop.“All this should be appeased because these caricatures are against Muslims but also against the Christian faith. “From 2 mins 20 secs.

Should we stop distributing these cartoons in schools in particular?

“I think so deeply. We see the consequences, we add fuel to the fire and then it escalates. Freedom of expression has limits like all human freedoms. It would be better to insist in the republican motto on fraternity. “

“The freedom to blaspheme religions is in question”

Asked then if he was defending the freedom to blaspheme religion, Bishop Le Gall replied:

“No, personally I don’t think so. Religions are not made fun of with impunity. We cannot afford to make fun of religions, we see the results that this gives. “

For the leader of rebellious France, “The dikes are blowing”. “A bishop excuses crimes. Robert Le Gall, Archbishop of Toulouse, the freedom to blaspheme religions is in question ”, he reacted on Twitter.

For the PS president of the Occitanie Region Carole Delga, “Secularism, freedom of expression and the right to criticize any religious institution are inseparable from our democratic and republican pact. It is not negotiable! “

“This declaration constitutes a step backwards in the process of secularization of the Catholic religion”, for his part underlined Georges Méric, president PS of the Departmental Council of Haute-Garonne.

“The freedom to blaspheme is not a licentious act but belongs to the law of our Republic, confirming the freedom of thought and expression. Our society is in contact with the phenomenon of secularization of religions which must result in no belief ruling common life ”, added Georges Méric.

“The secularization process initiated by the law of 1905 establishing the principle of the separation of churches and state must be pursued, supported and strengthened so that beliefs, which come under the domain of the private and the private, do not have no impact on the public domain, the citizen space, which must be pacified from any proselytism ”, he concluded.

” I am not Charlie “

The words of Mgr André Marceau, bishop of Nice, whose city is bereaved by the attack which left three dead at the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption basilica, have not gone unnoticed either. The bishop indeed assures “Not to be Charlie” in an interview published on Saturday by the daily ” Nice morning “, while nevertheless defending the freedom of expression that he considers “Sacred in France”.

“No, I’m not Charlie, I’m André Marceau! Let us be ourselves with our convictions. These cartoons are not my problem. Of course, freedom of expression is sacred in France, but let everyone take responsibility. There are identities that cannot be lightly flouted. “

The Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) described Thursday as an act “Unspeakable” Nice attack and wished that “Christians do not become a target to shoot down”.



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