Free speech applies to all opinions

In response to Sharon Krinsky’s letter (Herald, June 1), she stated how astonished she was for so often being subjected to the rants of so-called Christians and how we should believe them or we are doomed to hell. How often do you think modern society is bombarded with the rants of gay marriage and lifestyle issues? This morning, after three clicks of my mouse, I already encountered two articles involving something to do with gays and zero about God, hell or Christians.

Krinsky said in response to Vi McCoy’s letter (May 25), “We only suggest that she stop insisting that everyone else adopt her lifestyle.” So what does “adopt” mean? To adopt means to take on, assume or to accept. Does that mean I can ask the gay population to stop insisting that I do not want to accept their lifestyle and wants?

Everyday society is forced to accept a gay lifestyle whether we like it or not and if we don’t, then we are bigots and hateful. Gays and other groups can condemn God and a Christian lifestyle. They can take the Ten Commandments down from public buildings, eliminate the word “God,” no more Christmas in school plays, not even allow the Pledge of Allegiance before class, all because they are offended.

I am not a holy roller by any means — I don’t even attend church. However, I do believe hypocrisy is one of the biggest problems in today’s world. I was appalled at how Krinsky asked, “Can we lessen those effects by not printing some of (McCoy’s) statements?” Does Krinsky mean no freedom of speech? Just like gays can parade half-naked down a public street to voice their opinion, McCoy has just as much right to voice hers in a newspaper. I love how people these days are all about their freedom of speech, yet when they hear something they don’t like, it should not be printed or heard. This is America last time I checked, but I guess I better check again.

Dug Ward


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