Volume 91, Issue 22

Friday, October 3, 1997

Sock it to the loo


Lack of respect

Re: An open letter to students of UWO, Sept. 16

To the Editor:

Ever since The Gazette's apology for publishing the Horovitz cartoon, students have been voicing their opinions of disagreement towards the apology. What many people don't seem to understand is that this is not the first time The Gazette has published material that was offensive to certain Muslims. It is bad enough that even in a multicultural society Muslims have to deal with discrimination, but such repetitive acts of discrimination promote this disrespect towards Muslims.

It is not that Muslims don't have a sense of humour, but the fact that they are constantly discriminated against. This has been evident for the past three years; it's widely accepted even though it is wrong.

It's 1997, why can't people understand that discrimination is a serious matter? These cartoons have offended this group of people for the past three years. The Muslims have voiced their concerns with The Gazette, yet the paper continued to publish such material. It is more than what the cartoon suggests: it is The Gazette's lack of respect that the Muslims don't appreciate.

What the Muslims on campus asked for was not a big deal until everyone made it so. And when The Gazette apologized, people still complained. Yes, The Gazette is entitled to freedom of speech, but since when has it been right to mock other cultures and wrong to apologize for it?

Noha El Shareif

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