Letter: Religious perspectives can interfere with knowledge

Religion—Karl Marx’s “opiate of the masses”—and a thing in which people still somehow believe in. As most of us know, Carleton University was founded on secular principles, but does that mean religion cannot be a part of the school foundation or modern curriculum? Yes, that’s exactly what it means! Religion should have no influence on what is studied, except for religion because it is a piece of human history. Negative and positive aspects of human nature rely on the understanding of religious doctrine and dogma. Being a heavily-lapsed Catholic—basically an agnostic—I see religion in a negative light. However, I do have some form of respect for those who still somehow keep their beliefs and moral principles from declining platforms of […]

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Letter: Freedom of speech belongs on university campuses

RE: CUSA’s free speech ranking rises to an A, Nov. 5-11. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) recently received an A grade for its protection of free speech on campus. In light of the high grade, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) president Michael Bueckert accused CUSA of not doing enough to create “safe spaces” on campus. To the contrary, it is CUSA’s responsibility to provide a forum for free speech on campus. CUSA and the university do not exist to protect students’ feelings, and hurt feelings cannot be used to justify censorship. CUSA has the impossible task of defending free speech and simultaneously not allowing any speech that infringes on safe space. Students must learn independently to express themselves without […]

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