Re: your Feb. 4 article, â€śTo our readersâ€?:
After much thought, I have come to the conclusion that The Star should have printed the caricatures. There are three very important reasons why.
First, this is still the United States of America, and we have something that is called free speech. It is a right that we are to champion at all costs. I may not like what someone says or does, but I am willing to lay down my life for them to have the right to say it. Islam is not in control here â€” yet â€” so we must use our freedom while we still have it. You know: Use or lose it.
Second, the caricatures accurately portray the Allah that radical Islam is portraying to the whole world on a daily basis. Besides, only a mentally impaired individual would see them as something to be worshipped.
Third, by not printing them, The Star, as a paper, has shown favoritism to Islam over Christianity and other religions because it certainly hasnâ€™t given this much restraint in not printing items that would be offensive to others in its audience.
I wish The Star would show some backbone!
â€” Scott Harrell, Ojai