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The cost of free speech

I am dismayed and disgusted by the insinuation that censoring the Danish Muslim cartoons is akin to blocking minority group rights. I think that some people are confused over whose rights are being violated. A bomb in today's world implies terrorism, an action of extreme violence against the innocent. Depicting a bomb in the place of a turban on the most prominent Muslim teacher implies that terrorism is a central concept for Muslims and that it is universally supported and practiced by those of Muslim faith. This is a vicious slander against the majority of the Muslim people, who have a RIGHT not to be vilified for their beliefs. These cartoons are simply an example of intolerance and prejudice. Our right to free speech does not permit willful slander or defamation of character based on prejudiced stereotypes —or at least it shouldn't.

By Heather Bowlby, Head of Jeddore, NS

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