Vatican demands respect
A Vatican representative has told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that it must develop “mechanisms or instruments” to defend religious believers from ridicule. Members must have been relieved to hear that Archbishop Silvano Tomasi was not talking about the rack, merely some kind of legislative framework which would “defend the message of religious communities from manipulation and would avoid a disrespectful presentation of their members.”
Respect of the rights and dignity of others should mark the limit of any right, even that of the free expression and manifestation of one’s opinions, religious ones included
And this respect for the dignity of others
implies respect of his freedom in religious matters to profess, practice and publicly manifest one’s religion without being mocked, injured, discriminated against
The nuncio failed to note that there are already laws in place preventing injury and discrimination. What he wants is another one which would prevent mockery. Sorry Archbish. The right to believe in shit is inseparable from the right to take the piss. They are part of the same package.
UPDATE: David Thompson picks up the censer and runs with it.