Freedom & censorship

In response to the Waymans, may I point out the almost comical irony which is exposed in their complaint.

In response to letter writers Fern and Laurence Wayman (‘Atheists in Foxholes,’ Dec. 3 edition of The NEWS) they stated: “We think it is wrong to allow readers… to use letters to the editor for the propagation of their religious beliefs.”

May I point out the almost comical irony which is exposed in their complaint, they have written a letter to the editor to propagate their own beliefs. In this case, their beliefs about free speech. Their pointing finger actually aims at their own nose as they are doing the very thing they are complaining is wrong.

Most people see tolerance as a virtue and show it by allowing others to voice their views whether they agree or not. Whether it is the atheist view to say, “bah-humbug” to Christmas or a believer to proclaim Jesus as the Saviour. Either voice has freedom in this country.

Fortunately we do not live in the Waymans’ world. Calling for the forced silence of those who hold an opposing view highlights intolerance. The Waymans think it is dishonourable for those to publicly give thanks to a higher power on Remembrance Day. I think it is dishonourable to trample on the hard-fought freedoms (such as the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religious belief) that those soldiers paid the ultimate price for.

This type of censorship is a dangerous road to stumble down. I for one welcome the Waymans’ freedom to propagate ideas in the public square, as they do tend to address important issues in our culture, even if I vehemently disagree.

Ironically again, next to the Wayman article, there was an ad for the Bethlehem Walk. Perhaps the Waymans could tolerate some fresh air, a good story, and some hot chocolate.

Chris Martens

Parksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Remote surveillance helps RCMP nab suspect following Parksville break-in

Stolen items returned after business owner takes quick action

PQB News editor battles cancer through pioneering treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

Port Alberni man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car stopped, impounded after driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Oceanside Generals back on winning path

Gens score tough VIJHL home wins vs Buccaneers, Glacier Kings

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Most Read