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Saturday, September 9, 2006

Speaking out


Andy Rosenfeld of Ashland spoke out today on Harvard's decision to invite Mohammed Khatami, former president of Iran, to speak.

Rosenfeld's was among several Letters to the Editor, some pro and some con, on the issue.

Here's some of what he wrote:

We do not grant him license to speak in this country to demonstrate our democratic values to Iran, but rather to affirm our own enlightenment.

Khatami presents a point of view. He will not find an overly receptive audience in the United States, and we can choose to oppose those who agree with him in the battlefield of ideas. It is this privilege, not our fear of his message, that truly differentiates us.

In another Letter to the Editor, Fred Hewett of Watertown muses on the relationship between morality and belief in God, arguing there isn't any.

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