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Freedom of speech belongs to everybody

Thank you for an excellent editorial in today's Belfast Telegraph (DebateNI, June 23). There seems to be such a preoccupation these days with taking offence that it will soon be impossible to speak the truth.

Freedom of speech and conscience is something we have because of our Christian heritage. It would, indeed, be ironic if Christians are the ones being punished for exercising those very freedoms.

It is strange that Islamists are allowed to make hate-filled YouTube videos without fear of reprisals and Richard Dawkins is allowed to say that Islam is evil, yet Pastor McConnell is the one who is taken to court.

Truly "there is something rotten in the state of Britain" (to misquote Shakespeare).


Tandragee, Co Armagh

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