Volume 93, Issue 53

Friday, December 3, 1999


OPINIONS

Interpret the Charter correctly

Not allowed to make up own mind

Police force out of line

Study leaves should go

Right is independent of content

Looking at USC democracy

Simply stating his own beliefs

Poppies just aren't for everyone

Attack was personal

Toon lacked accuracy

Simply stating his own beliefs



Re: "Prof crosses the line?" Nov. 25

To the Editor:

A ruling of the United States' Supreme Court states that the right to free speech ends when the words spoken have the immediate effect of causing physical harm to others. Did preacher Ed Wellein violate this definition?

No. While I disagree with his message, he is merely suggesting that if you believe in something, there are consequences. If you are Hindu, Christian, Budhist, or do not believe in the existence of a higher power, you live your life accordingly. With the possibility of choosing the wrong belief comes the possibility of going to hell, some other undesirable state, or not reaching nirvana.

Hussein Allidana compares Ed Wellein's argument to all blacks being damned because they are black. None of us have a choice in the matter of our race – religion is a choice. While I do disagree with Ed Wellein's message, we all have the right to express our beliefs. How we live our lives is an expression of our beliefs and others have the right to disagree with us and explain why.

Obviously, condemnation is not likely to change my stance on the most appropriate way to live my life. Most religions preach love, understanding, compassion and forgiveness. The truth is out there.

Jonathan Schmidt
Psychology II



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