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Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Stories about "fundamentalism":

The violence written into religious texts

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby. Civilisation is advanced by, among other things, pushing back against the claims of religion, not by bowing to them. Islamic fundamentalism is pushing the other way, against secular humanism, diversity and tolerance, not just in the Middle East but wherever it commands sufficient adherents.

Burqa-wearing is a right

L Andrews, Byron Bay. Australia is a democracy and as such we should be entitled to worship (or not) how we wish and wear (or not) whatever we choose without government interference.

Beheadings and the Islamic State

Michael Weatherhead, Mullumbimby. Beheading an aid worker in Syria by the Islamic State or anyone else is a terrible thing and should not have happened. Killing between half a million and a million people in a war against Iraq was a terrible thing and should not have happened.

All power to the gays of darkest Africa

Gordon Balfour-Haynes, Federal. Anti-homosexual African nations claim that homosexuality is contrary to their culture — but this [was] imposed on them by colonising and missionary types.

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It’s very misleading for The Echo to give Ben Franklin free media coverage (24 February). There were fourteen people in the Drill Hall...

A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless in our community, now I’m...

Democracy

Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the...

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.