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Jordan's King Abdullah backs Pope's statement on respect for religion

January 22, 2015

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II has praised Pope Francis for his insistence that religious beliefs should be treated with respect, the Fides news service reports.

King Abdullah endorsed the Pope’s argument that while freedom of speech should be protected, it remains unacceptable to make statements deliberately mocking religious beliefs.

The Jordanian king, who had participated in the massive "je suis Charlie" demonstration in Paris, said that Muslim extremists have distorted the public image of Islam. He said that responsible Muslims must combat extremism, warning that terrorists are feeding into a rising trend of hostility toward Islam in Europe.


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