Re "Cultural splits over free speech intensify" (Joyce Terhaar, Oct. 7): I was disappointed to read Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar seemingly endorsed censorship on the basis of a "cultural divide." The right of free expression and the free exchange of ideas is a universal right of every person. No government has the right to suppress it using the cover of a cultural divide. Seeing the editor of a major paper condone such censorship is frightening.
Further disturbing is the editor's apparent ignorance of the fact that some of the countries she mentioned seem to have this cultural sensitivity only when it comes to characterizations offensive to their Muslim citizens.
Several of these same countries have no problem with their media and citizens portraying Christianity and Judaism in outrageously offensive ways. In fact, several of the governments promote it. This is not due to a cultural divide. It is hateful, intolerant hypocrisy.
-- Alan Edelstein, Sacramento
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