2020-11-02 14:41:00

Russian Orthodox Church advises France to adopt law protecting believers' feelings

Moscow, November 2, Interfax - France needs to adopt a law on the protection of believers' feelings in connection with the publication of cartoons which led to an attack on people in a catholic cathedral in Nice, the Russian Orthodox Church said.

"Wouldn't it be better to introduce a law in France such as the one that exists in our country, a law on insulting the feelings of believers, and care for the protection of believers' feelings using a law on the unacceptability of blasphemy and sacrilege, instead of caring for cartoonists having the right to continue their work, thus provoking radical and aggressive people?" Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the Church and the World program on the Rossiya-24 television channel.

Adopting such a law would be the right response to the sad and tragic events that have occurred in France, he said.

The metropolitan said he believes it would be wrong to respond to the terrorist attacks by supporting cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad.

"We need to understand that more than a billion Muslims live on the planet, and they aren't responsible for terrorists' actions. But at the same time, you can't tease a beast. Why protect the right to publish such cartoons in this situation? Such cartoons should now be banned in France and in all other parts of the world," the hierarch of the Russian Church said.

An Islamist with a knife attacked people in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, France at 9:00 a.m. on October 29. According to the most recent information, three people, a guard and two women, were killed and several were wounded. The attacker was detained.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attack was carried out by a radicalized Muslim who was shouting "Allahu akbar" even when he was being provided with medical assistance after his detention. "We need to eradicate Islamic fascism on the entire territory of the country at any cost," Estrosi said.

The French police also shot and killed a man who was armed with a knife and was shouting "Allah akbar" in Avignon on Thursday.