Re: Confronting the Religion of Jonathan Usher
National Post letter to editor - June 2, 2008
Unfortunately it appears that Mr. Usher would be very at home in a dictatorship where NO freedom of expression, except perhaps his own, was allowed.
Religion gets a bad rap. Religion means that system of beliefs that an individual or group holds to. Contrary to what Mr. Usher thinks, he has his own religion. His religion seems to have faith only in him.
One can be sympathetic to this belief when we have seen horrendous acts in the last few years in the name of an organized religion.
Organized or not, Mr. Usher does not seem to believe in democracy. In a democracy, there is freedom of speech. That freedom is fundamental. If we do not allow it, we become some form of authoritarian police-state government like communism, dictatorship, fascism, nazism or the like.
The values he states are NOT held universally as Canadian values. Rather, they are the tenets of belief of Jonathan Usher. Canadian values seem to me to be compassion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of association.
It is ironic that the very freedom which Mr. Usher uses in his letter would NOT be allowed to be printed in the type of government which he espouses.