From the Westboro Baptist Church, to pornographers, to every other American, everybody is talking about freedom of speech and demanding they have theirs. Do Democrats and Republicans have freedom of speech? They sure do. But many people who will sue for their freedoms will do almost anything to deny that freedom to someone who disagrees with them.

To the editor:

From the Westboro Baptist Church, to pornographers, to every other American, everybody is talking about freedom of speech and demanding they have theirs. Do Democrats and Republicans have freedom of speech? They sure do. But many people who will sue for their freedoms will do almost anything to deny that freedom to someone who disagrees with them.

I, too, was at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. I had read Saleem’s book, “The Blood of Lambs” and wanted to hear more of what he had to say. I can understand why some Muslims might be upset at what he had to say. When I consider going to something that I know I won’t like, I don’t go there. That seems simple to me. It’s like changing channels on the TV or just turning it off.

To say that Saleem shouldn’t speak to a group of people because someone is bound to be offended is restricting his freedom and the freedom of all the people who want to hear him.

More and more I see the freedoms of Christians and Jews being restricted, while the vilest things are allowed. Burn a Bible and no one starts a riot. Burn the Koran or even speak disrespectfully about a Muslim leader and it can lead to mayhem.

But I don’t think we should be so afraid of offending someone and being politically incorrect that we can’t get together and share information in a building of our choice. We don’t want to occupy Main Street and shout out on microphones things that will cause trouble. We don’t want to picket funerals or riot or kill anyone.

I probably offended someone by this. If so, I’m sorry, but I’m exercising  my freedom of speech. It kind of offends me when people say bad things about Christians, but I don’t hate them for it.