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Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as freedom

Taking Troy L. Bunch and Chuck Abrams to task regarding their letter-to-the editor laments (SDN, Feb. 23) about professor Ward Churchill would be a monumental task. Instead, I’ll simply remind them of one of the reasons this country has been so historically revered: That we can have a debate about our government in such a public forum is not only a great freedom, but an integral part of the foundation of our democracy. One would think that the most important place to exercise this freedom would be in our schools. Not only does it give our children a safe platform to agree or disagree with those in a position of authority, it also provides them with the tools to think critically and make informed decisions.While we obviously don’t all see eye to eye on Churchill’s stance, it is imperative that we continue to support his right to free speech and others like him, if only to protect you when the day arrives that someone doesn’t like which side of the partisan line your opinions fall.As Benjamin Franklin said: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”

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