July 3, 2013

Editorial: Support for free speech

It is affirming to see, as the Fourth of July approaches, that freedom of speech is a coveted right in this area.

The Press-Republican ran a Speakout recently that drew more than 70 comments.

The person wrote: “I’m sorry, but if you park your car in my apartment complex with an atheist bumper sticker, it will be removed. It’s disrespectful to other people.”

That didn’t sit well with, well, almost everyone, judging from the responses online and on our Facebook site. And that is good news in an area that some people think of as intolerant of opposing views.

Here’s a sampling of Facebook opinion:

Carrie Lee Young: “I’m a Christian, and those bumper stickers don’t bother me. I care about people, just like God does. I don’t think God is offended. From what I understand about him, he’s a gentleman and doesn’t force others to believe in him. Some Christians get that wrong and make God look cruel, when He’s not. God lets people choose.”

Bonnie Clinebell: “I am a born-again Christian. The person with the bumper sticker does have the right to his/her belief/unbelief, even though it contradicts my beliefs. No one has the right to destroy another’s personal property! The ‘believer’ should use the opportunity to attempt to win another soul to Christ. If the ‘nonbeliever’ still chooses to not accept Christ, then that is between he/she and God and will be dealt with at the judgment.”

Vince O’Driscoll: “What’s disrespectful is people who tell others how to live their lives. I’m offended when certain religions come to my door to push their beliefs on me, but I would never tell them they can’t do that or have their car towed. The person who wrote this is an ignorant fool.”

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