Freedom of speech
Sir - On BBC Radio 4's PM programme, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, described homosexuality as "harmful" and "not acceptable" ( January 4).
I accept that Sir Iqbal has the right to express his personal opinions. However, when Christians have expressed negative views on homosexuality, the police have made a point of "investigating" these comments as potential "hate crimes" and contacting the people concerned to warn them about their behaviour.
See, for example, the cases of Joan and Helen Roberts, who complained about gay literature put out by their local council, author Lynette Burrows speaking on Radio 5 on gay adoption and the Bishop of Chester speaking in 2003.
I assume, therefore, that the Metropolitan Police will be investigating Sir Iqbal and will be contacting him regarding his BBC interview.
If, however, the police do nothing, then the Churches will be entitled to ask why the police are taking action against Christians expressing their views on homosexuality, while ignoring similar views being expressed by Muslims.
Neil Addison, Liverpool
Why oh why must this proud country we live in (England) have to pander to every minority who chooses to live here?
The old muslim v christianity chestnut rears up once more.
I am not a believer of any religion. Personally, I strongly believe that organised religion does more harm than good. Yes, there are lots of well meaning and deserving souls out there who spread goodwill in the name of some entity, but there is also so much hypocrisy involved.
This country is predominately christian and the moral (what's left of it) fabric of our society, yet every day we hear of another example of christians being
Being a non-believer, I do not care whether anyone is christian/muslim/jewish or whatever. Why cannot you all get along together and respect one another's choice of worship?