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Public has moral right to debate all our religions

LAST week, two prominent individuals – Pastor James McConnell and Peter Robinson – were compelled, through misguided public opinion, to apologise for their respective comments on Islam.

In the event, the apologies which they conveyed were not for their doctrinal criticisms, but rather, for the alleged offence which they had given to Muslims.

In view of the public's moral right to the free flow of information, immunity from doctrinal criticism is a privilege which no religion should expect to enjoy.

JAMES A McKENNA

Belfast

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