re: Letter shows religion’s intolerance (Letters, Jan. 10)
There is little doubt that there are, among followers of any faith tradition, not only those that honour and live according to the highest and truest principles of their faith, but also those that twist their faith into something never proclaimed by its greatest teachers. One should not, however, extend the behaviour of some to all.
Expressing the sentiments written in Mr. Weiler’s letter is not only hurtful to the extreme, but also reflects a misrepresentation of one of the greatest influences in the growth of western civilization, as any examination of history will clearly support.
The arguments ostensibly made in the name of tolerance, and freedom, are not being made with any respectful voice or tone, but with anger, that actually evidences the opposite of that which is being argued for. Specifically, the tone suggests intolerance and a growing attempt to quash an essential moral voice.
Freedom of expression should not quash freedom of religion, and freedom should not morph into unbridled licence.
Finally, a question: would this letter have been published if the object of its attack was one of the other great faith traditions?
Fulvio J. Delibato