by JIM WATKINS, Pasco
In response to this week's question the answer is a resounding yes! Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of our civilization and one of the most important guarantees of our Constitution. I think it would be a grave mistake to bend to the threats of a bunch of religious extremists who are so insecure that they can't handle even the smallest slight to their Prophet. We must also realize that these so-called insults to Mohammed are mostly a veiled excuse to cause mayhem and denigrate the West, which has little to do with freedom of speech. One of our wise forefathers, but I can't remember who, once said, "I may not agree with what you say but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it." Hallelujah!
Let's all do likewise and stand tall for our freedom of speech. However, I realize that there are reasonable limits, such as not shouting "fire" in a crowded theater, but pacifying a bunch of violent jihadists is not one of them.