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In regard to Faith DeWaay's letter of Dec. 7: It is always a good rule, when making statements in print, to be sure that any statement made can be backed up by reputable sources. This is especially true when making a statement about a country.

I refer to this particular sentence in her letter: "In England and Canada, it is illegal to read the Bible in public, because it is considered hate speech by homosexuals and Moslems." I have lived and worked in Canada for many years. Having both lived and worked there, I can state with certainty that this statement, while mostly false, does have a germ of truth about it.

The germ of truth is that the Bible does indeed have negative references to homosexuality, as does the Q'uaran. This germ of truth does not mean that the Bible and the Q'uaran are considered to be "hate speech." As far as I am aware, there is no British or Canadian city bylaw or provincial or federal law that prohibits the reading of the Bible in public. Most Canadians, as well as most Muslims, would be appalled by the statement above.

In the city in Canada in which I lived for many years, both Christians and Muslims strive to understand and to instruct each other, and to work together for the betterment of others.

Kristin Jakobson,

Missoula

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