Freedom of opinion matters too


I would like to remind Bryn Boyce of Chatham Ontario, that if he is going to quote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – he should not just extract one part that supports his views without realizing that it is a document in whole – just like the scriptures of every faith – taken out of context, they can justify anything. But as a whole they do give blueprints for society.

Thus, he quoted Article 17 on marriage, but should have also included Article 18 and Article 19 attached:

Article 18:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Ian Ridpath
Milton, Ont.

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