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Italian Cardinal Scola decries blasphemy laws

May 08, 2013

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan denounced “blasphemy laws” at a conference celebrating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which gave religious freedom to Christians.

Real religious freedom, the cardinal said, requires the elimination of all forms of state-imposed restriction on religious faith, “for example eliminating laws that criminally punish blasphemy.” His words were evidently aimed at Islamic countries, notably Pakistan, where Christians have been imprisoned on blasphemy charges.


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