Editor, The Times:
Freedom of speech or expression and religious controversy are not something new.
What is relatively new is how we deal with it.
In a democratic system we have the right (freedom) to state our opinion (without this right we might still be in the Dark Ages and believe the Earth is flat).
What we don’t have is the right to be judge, jury and executioner if someone offends or disagrees with us.
Any radical extremist groups who are attempting to impose their system of beliefs on others by acts of terror or force are going against all the freedoms we value.
It is my opinion that we have not only the right, but the responsibility to speak out against this violation of human rights.
Birch Island, B.C.