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Intolerance is the problem

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Some people like Will Schmehl (Reader Input, Oct. 10) do not understand that freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as libel, slander, obscenity, incitement to commit a crime (yelling “fire” in a crowded theater) There are certain exceptions when necessary for respect of the rights or reputation of others or for the protection of national security or of public order or public health or morals. You might check out Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Regarding tolerance, how about if the valedictorian was an atheist. Would it be tolerated if he or she discussed his or her beliefs or lack thereof at a graduation ceremony? Religion is a private matter and it makes sense not to have it involved in a public high school graduation. I’m also sure that the Christian group singing in the government building was unlawful assembly and had no permit. Sounds to me that the right wing intolerance is the reality. Roger Perkins, Auburn