DEFIANCE SYMBOL: People gather in Paris to pay respect to those murdered at Charlie Hebdo.
DEFIANCE SYMBOL: People gather in Paris to pay respect to those murdered at Charlie Hebdo. Thibault Camus

LETTER OF THE DAY: Speak up to protect our vital freedoms

READER COMMENT: THANK you to Paul Zanetti ("Intolerance needs to be stamped on"), Daily 09/01, for speaking much commonsense and adding enlightenment to what has been the darkness perpetrated in Paris.

There is a powerful, volatile and brutal force stalking our world. It holds no truck with any kind of dignity, freedom of thought, democratic ideals nor the French ideals of liberty, fraternity and equality.

It delivers death and destruction to anyone who thinks alternatively; in Syria and Iraq right now, it is destroying Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and others whom it believes to not follow its particular brand of thought and religion, using machine guns.

The atrocity at Charlie Hebdo and the murder of the security guards there to keep staff safe, was a direct hit upon our freedom of thought and expression.

No tolerance there.

Those who wish to retain these freedoms are charged with being courageous.

As Zanetti says: "These freedoms are too easily lost and too hard to win."

People must have the courage to speak out against this kind of terminal censorship and defeat those trapped in deadly darkness.

If people stay mute, the terrorists have won.

CLAIRE JOLLIFFE

Buderim


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