Hebdo Editor Responds to Pope: When We Mock Religion, We Defend Its Freedom
Charlie Hebdo editor Gerard Briard responded on Meet the Press Sunday morning to Pope Francis’ criticism of his deliberately provocative magazine, which satirizes religious figures. Hebdo’s latest cover, printed in defiance of attacks on its office last week, featured a caricature of the Islamic prophet Muhammed, and was met with restrained anger in the Islamic community.
“Every time that we draw a cartoon of Muhammad, every time we draw a cartoon of a prophet, every time we draw a cartoon of god, we defend the freedom of religion,” Briard said.
“We defend that god must not be a public or political figure. He must be a private figure. We defend the freedom of religion. Yes, it is also the freedom of speech, but it is the freedom religion.”
“If faith, if religious arguments, step into the political arena, it becomes a totalitarian argument,” he continued. “Secularism defends against this. Secularism guarantees democracy and assures peace.”
Watch the clip below, via NBC News:
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