Jacob Rees-Mogg’s right to free speech | Letters

Jane Ghosh takes issue with Suzanne Moore’s views on Jacob Rees-Mogg, while Iain Rowan reckons the MP is being selective in his Christian beliefs. Plus letters from John McGuinness, William Fulton and Michael McManusI feel obliged to take issue with two points in Suzanne Moore’s piece (Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t old-fashioned: he’s a thoroughly modern bigot, 7 September). Firstly, she seems to equate a knowledge of Latin with being posh. This is errant nonsense. Many people of my age who went to the old state grammar schools learned and enjoyed Latin. A language does not have a social class. Secondly, she mocks his beliefs as a Catholic. This is unacceptable. Many religions or sects are (sadly) anti-abortion or anti-gay marriage and at no point has Rees-Mogg suggested a change in the law. These are his personal beliefs. Islam has similar views but would you honestly attack a Muslim in these terms? I doubt it and I sincerely hope not. I don’t like many of his views but defend his right to hold them as long as he does not try to impose them on the rest of us.

Jane Ghosh


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