If my son drew a picture of a fist with its middle finger raised for his grandparents, would I praise his work as a lovely configuration of "just lines"? Of course not. I want my son to learn that he is responsible for his actions--drawings, words and physical actions all--for the intent and meaning that they have, and for the effect they have on other people. That is, I want him to have integrity.
Should Mr. Rogers and my son be able to draw, write or publish whatever they want? Yes. But in a civil society, freedom comes with responsibility. We must carefully consider the meaning of our words and actions, and we must be accountable for their effect on others, be they Muslim, atheist or Quaker like me.
Mardi Gras on the Eno
We in Hillsborough agree that this year, more than ever, people should come together to celebrate the rich southern-Louisiana mix of music, food and camaraderie ("Throw us something, America," Feb. 8). On Feb. 24, we'll have our inaugural Mardi Gras festival.
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