THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is amazing how we continually give beautiful answers, in private and public discourse, that are utterly irrelevant to the questions that are asked or should be asked.
The current noise fest about the JUTC's announced banning of preaching on its buses is a classic illustration of this unconstructive dialogue-of-the-deaf approach.
The simple truth is that by banning preaching on buses, without addressing the issue of enforcing existing laws against ALL forms of disorderly conduct, the JUTC has exposed itself to being justly accused of unfairly and even illegally discriminating against Christianity.
The real issue is NOT about whether preaching should be allowed in public spaces, including JUTC buses, but about the need for all things, as much as possible, to be "done decently and in order", according to law.
If there is a law against disorderly conduct, and if preaching on the buses, or playing loud music, or making any kind of disturbing noise, can be defined as disorderly conduct, the law should be enforced.
Passengers should know that they may quietly engage others in conversation, whether of a religious nature or otherwise, as long as others in the same space do not object or find their presentation entertaining or interesting.
Passengers should also know that they have a right to lawfully object to being disturbed by any kind of disorderly conduct or disturbing behaviour or practice, regardless of the source of the offence.
CARLTON A. GORDON