Volume 91, Issue 17

Thursday, September 25, 1997

sacre bleu


Satire is spice of life

Re: An open letter to the students of the University of Western Ontario, Sept. 16

To the Editor:
When did we begin to live in a totalitarian society? Muslim and Christian groups were offended by the depiction of monotheistic gods together, one suffering from a previous night's party, as this portrays a "multiplicity of God" and flies in the face of the accepted "perfect, omnipotent" deity image. Just because you don't believe something is right doesn't mean it shouldn't be printed. We live in a multi-cultural society where opinions differ.

It's called satire folks. When we begin to place anyone or any institution on such a high pedestal that we can't joke about them, we enter a dangerous realm. The institution some regard as the most sacred, religion, was satirized. So what? Some people believe the Prime Minister of Canada to be just as sacred. Does this stop the political cartoons? No. Opinions differ, freedom does not. If there is a God he better be understanding enough to take a joke about himself. Humour, and laughing at ourselves, is what keeps us sane.

By apologizing for printing this cartoon The Gazette has set a badprecedent that will undoubtedly have to change. Stand your ground and let the offended parties take legal action. We live in Canada, not the old Stalinist Russia. Our most basic of rights is freedom, freedom of thought, religion, speech, and yes, even expression. There is no court in Canada that wouldn't throw the case out. To the groups who demanded the apology, I suggest leaving this beautiful country and moving somewhere censorship is the practice and not freedom. I fear the day we lose the freedom to voice our opinions and poke fun at life more than I fear any God.

Joe Fulop

Biology II

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