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Letters: Sebelius and censorship

May 22, 2012

Re "Silencing Sebelius," Editorial, May 18

Last month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopscondemned Rep. Paul D. Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget as contrary to Roman Catholic social doctrine. Also, dozens of faculty members at Georgetown University issued an open letter protesting Ryan's speech at the school. Yet The Times did not editorialize on this attempt to "silence" Ryan.

At issue here is not the silencing of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, but a protest against a Catholic institution providing a forum to a Catholic who has publicly challenged the doctrines of her own faith. Sebelius should be allowed to speak. But it is well within the rights of Catholics to protest her appearance at Georgetown.

Bill Robinson

San Clemente

Clark Kerr, the former University of California president, said that the university must make students safe for ideas, not ideas safe for students.

My compliments to Georgetown President John J. DeGioia for his stand on academic freedom.

Sue Kamm

Los Angeles

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