LETTER: What would Bertrand Russell do?

After reading the news over the last few weeks and considering my “sheltered” life in Nelson, I had to consider how I fit in.

After reading the news over the last few weeks and considering my “sheltered” life in Nelson, I had to consider how I fit in. If we appreciate that “beliefs” in the broadest sense are just that — beliefs — there is no requirement that they are based on any sort of fact that can be verified.

The next obvious question might be: if I believe the world is flat can I refuse my services to any who do not share my belief/religion that the world is flat? The argument of “religious freedom” should be duly considered with those claiming the sky is falling or if you do not share “my” belief that you are either doomed to a hell, or you should be killed. These notions are disturbing because they exist beyond Indiana, Arkansas, the Middle East and Nelson.

I can appreciate having to leave my guns and colours at the door, but prefer to keep my brains with me. What would Bertrand Russell do?

Ron Robinson, Nelson

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