In Mary English Morrison’s letter, “Moser’s Modest Proposal” [“Postmarks
,” Aug. 22], she believes it was wrong for me to have called for censorship. I have to point out that I didn’t use the word "censor." I failed to submit a title to my letter [“Shocked to Read Moser; Please Censor Him
,” “Postmarks,” Aug. 8], and it was supplied for me by you, the editor.
What I actually called for was for Moser to go. In other words, I thought he should have been fired for saying he wanted to drive his car into the crowd of cyclists. Maybe getting fired would be censorship – I don’t know. If I were to make such a statement at my job, I would be fired on the spot, and probably prosecuted as well. What is actually a serious comment that reads like, sounds like, and is exactly a death threat is not funny and is illegal, I think.
Morrison finds it a pity some take everything so literally; unfortunately, when a person on a bike gets hit by a car, they are literally dead when it is over. There is nothing satirical about it. We all know what is funny, what is ironic, and we also know what is not. The difference between Jonathan Swift and Moser is that no one ate their babies, but I get threatened almost daily by motorists (anti-cyclists) when I am on my bike. Luckily I have not been hit – yet – which is why I write; I’m not dead.
“Moser’s Modest Proposal”? What is modest about running over people with cars anyway? Did Morrison really write that title? And are journalists supposed to make death threats?
How about a simple apology from Moser? I am still offended at the very idea of him plowing through the crowd with his car. Imagine the scene.