Archbishop Scola speaks out against blasphemy laws
'A litmus test for religious freedom'08 May, 15:33
The cardinal, once considered a favorite to become pope, was speaking at a conference devoted to the Roman emperor Constantine, whose Edict of Milan in 313 decriminalized Christianity. His words come just two days after Islamists in the capital of Bangladesh clashed with police, leaving at least 29 dead, over demands that included making "insulting Islam" punishable by death. Scola promoted "the values of healthy secularism" that allows for all religious expression. In turn, he warned the west away from its "inherent distrust" of religion. "The practice of religious freedom is a true litmus test of the degree of civilization of a society," he said.