Pope Francis has condemned the act of burning the Holy Quran in Sweden, saying that he is unhappy and disgusted by the act.
According to the Vatican News, the pope said in an interview with the United Arab Emirates newspaper Al Ittihad said, “Any book considered holy should be respected to respect those who believe in it.” He added, “I feel angry and disgusted at these actions.”
“Freedom of speech should never be used as a means to despise others and allowing that is rejected and condemned,” he maintained. Last week, a man tore up and burned Holy Quran in Sweden’s capital Stockholm, resulting in strong condemnation from several states, including Turkey whose backing Sweden needs to gain entry to the NATO military alliance.
While Swedish police have rejected several recent applications for anti-Quran demonstrations, courts have over-ruled those decisions, saying they infringed on freedom of speech.