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February 24, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 24, 2013

Civil liberties extend to all

I want to commend the Tribune-Star for its Friday editorial entitled “Enough Already.” I totally agree with this view except for the following comment, “We disagree with the teachers comments and share concerns over her teaching in a public school.”

Civil Liberties are a right we share as Americans but it has increasingly become apparent that we cannot be “civil” about it. What has happened to our right to express our opinions and faith? That goes in every direction. We all have the right no matter our opinion or our faith or lack of faith. Hatred has no place in our society. Hatred against homosexuals or against people who believe homosexuality is immoral is wrong.

Biblical opinion has at many times been in disregard culturally in our country over many social issues. This is not the first time. Let’s agree that we can disagree and still allow for civility.

In regard to the editorial’s statement, please sir, there are many teachers in many school corporations who would agree with this woman and her opinions. And may I say, they are great teachers and have every right to teach in our public schools. Freedom of speech does not have to be hateful nor does it have to agree with every public opinion on faith issues. This is what religious freedom is about in our country. That freedom extends to public school teachers.

— Vince McFarland

Terre Haute

Editor’s Note: Perhaps the editorial was not clear. The concern over the person teaching in a public school is only if that person’s religious convictions are being promoted in the classroom. And, as the rest of the editorial explained, we believe it’s time to trust that the school district has the situation under control and won’t let that happen. A public school teacher has the same free-speech rights as anyone else. We did not suggest otherwise.

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