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Right or wrong, free speech must be guaranteed

Published 24/06/2015

It takes a lot to get a militant atheist like me to side with a fundamentalist preacher like James McConnell (News, June 19), but having read his sermon, I find myself agreeing with a lot of it.

I do not believe in Satan, but I share the pastor's sentiment when he described Islam as "satanic".

It only takes an objective reading of its holy texts and a biography of its founder to be deeply disturbed by Islam, an unease strengthened by daily reports of the mischief of its more enthusiastic followers.

But what is also disturbing is the attempt to silence Pastor McConnell. What if he is right? Shouldn't we know?

Have the politically correct authorities not learned from their failed attempt to prosecute Nick Griffin over similar remarks?

If some find McConnell's remarks "offensive", then tough. That's the price for free speech. And telling it as it is.

DR STEPHEN MORETON

Warrington, Cheshire

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