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LETTER: Free speech for me but not thee

Has it occurred to anyone how the recent Charlie Hebdo incident in France relates to the issue of the Fighting Sioux logo? What we saw over the past 20 years was an indictment by the politically correct community of the Sioux name and logo as an ...

Has it occurred to anyone how the recent Charlie Hebdo incident in France relates to the issue of the Fighting Sioux logo?

What we saw over the past 20 years was an indictment by the politically correct community of the Sioux name and logo as an affront to the civil rights of American Indians. But these same PC groups seemingly have no problem standing up for free speech when it comes to defending the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo.

Here we have cartoonists, whose origin was in the Paris Student Movement of 1968, thinking it is OK to mock a religious figure through the publication's cartoons. Meanwhile, here in the United States and North Dakota, the same people who support the NCAA's bullying of UND and others also defend the more egregious treatment Charlie Hebdo exhibited in its depictions of Mohammed.

How hypocritical is that? Does anyone else see the contradiction here?

To me, this proves that the real underlying motivation of the PCers is not their contention that the Sioux logo is disrespectful, but instead is their refusal to think of "sport" as a worthwhile activity.

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These same critics will glorify ancient Greece and its "sport" as the prime example of high culture, when in fact the goal in ancient Greek water polo was to drown your opponent.

For today's PCers, modern "sport" doesn't rate as a worthy cultural activity that can reflect a culture by using its sacred image, i.e., the Sioux name and logo.

Gary Severson

Chaska, Minn.

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