Tolerance and insults

What is happening in the world today is terrible, millions of people fleeing tyranny, bombs and shootings.

Editor:

What is happening in the world today is terrible, millions of people fleeing tyranny, bombs and shootings. I fully sympathize with the French, Germans and all the eastern countries under threat, and I was very happy when Canada opened the borders for the refugees.

I hope those who intend to go back to their own country will find refuge in Canada and those who wish to make Canada their new home and become Canadians will be successful in their endeavour.

My question is: Why is it necessary for the free speaking world to make jokes of their Muslim religion, Why, when we know the Muslims do not believe in picturing Muhammad, is it necessary to draw cartoons  of him? Why are we insulting them?

Why is it we demand other nations to respect our freedom of speech but we do not respect their belief. Would the world not be a better place if we were less judgmental of our fellow man a bit more tolerant  and realize that with freedom of any kind comes responsibility and accountability — my freedom ends where your nose begins, that’s what I was always taught.

Don’t get me wrong I think that it is very wrong to force your belief on someone else as many religions and governments (even Canada) has done throughout history from before the Spanish inquisition to the situation today, religious wars has been fought forever, and becomes more combustible when you add oil and money to the mix.

My only hope is that our children and their children can sort out the mess we left them with.

Inge Langmann, Aldergrove