Don't stifle debate

EDITOR, The Tribune. Regarding the Reuters article "Israel moves to outlaw use of Nazi symbols", January 11, 2012: The Israeli parliamentary initiative to eliminate all signs and symbols of the holocaust from man's consciousness via criminal law seems to contradict the Jewish slogan "we shall never forget". To fight authoritarian rule with authoritarian measures also seems hypocritical. Speaking on freedom of expression, US Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr, recently stated: "Speech is powerful and can inflict great pain. However, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. "As a nation, we have chosen a different course - to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate." PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, January 11, 2012.


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