In reference to the "Early Returns" item "DOMA Fallout on House Floor" by PG Harrisburg correspondent Karen Langley (June 28 post-gazette.com):
It is very clear Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is passionate in his beliefs, and I assume he let his emotions get the best of him when he prevented state Rep. Brian Sims from speaking on the House floor. I hope he doesn't believe suppressing speech in the name of one's personal religious beliefs is a healthy practice.
As a constituent, I would like to express my concern and disappointment. No matter how much I may disagree with his opinion, I would never attempt to silence him. There are plenty of examples as to why suppressing speech in the name of any one religion is detrimental to a healthy democracy.
Mr. Metcalfe has said, "I will continue to be a servant of the people." I'd like to remind him that, of his approximately 60,000 constituents, many have different religious beliefs than he does and that is the beauty of the true freedom that we will all celebrate this week.
"There cannot be a greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse" -- John Locke.