You were right in your May 21 editorial “Punishment for speaking freely” that the BDS (Boycott, Disinvest and Sanction) movement is anti-Semitic; it seeks nothing less than the destruction of the Mideast’s sole democracy. That’s why the Methodist convention rejected BDS and yanked financial support for those engaged in it just this month.

You’re right as well to appreciate Israel as a beacon of liberty. Sadly, the rest of your editorial was way off base.

•?The committee indeed had testimony submitted from legal experts. Their take: This legislation, like that in eight other states and mimicking federal law and policy on the books for four decades, is constitutional.

•?There are no First Amendment concerns with legislation of this type because it does not punish thought or speech, but regulates conduct in commerce. The state of Ohio already requires bidders for state contracts to commit to all kinds of nondiscrimination, and this is no different.

•?The legislature rarely uses sunset clauses because, as in this case, they are always free to revisit any issue.

•?Regardless of anyone’s personal politics, the language regarding Israel and its territories is consistent both with most other state legislation on this as well as federal law passed in 2015 and signed by President Barack Obama.

Finally, the issue at stake here is simple: Whatever one’s personal views, if they act in a way the state of Ohio says is discriminatory, they are forbidden to get a state contract.

Howie Beigelman

Ohio Jewish Communities

Columbus

Christians ?face barriers

In your May 26 editorial “State lawmakers go too far,” you wrote that Ohio had “put in jeopardy the free speech rights of Planned Parenthood.”

I am a Christian and am no longer permitted to speak or have my beliefs spoken or taught in most governmental and educational facilities. Isn’t that a violation of my free speech rights?

Haven’t governmental mandates over the past 50 years put substantial obstacles in the way of freely proclaiming the Gospel message? What about forbidding any mention of Christ in public schools except in special after-school clubs and then only if permission is received?

The editorial argued that lawmakers “have gone to the extreme.” Would you be willing to use the same logic to support me, a common Christian man who feels his rights are being violated? I fear you would not. I sometimes think that Christians like me are held to a different set of standards.

Bruce Hotz

Broadview Heights

Taking notice ?of police work

It’s nice for two police officers to get some press for a good act for a change (“Officers help Dave Meeker after collapse at golf club,” May 25). All law enforcement officers in Ohio have to be trained yearly in CPR. It was lucky they were there when they were needed.

Sgt. Gerald C. Wise Sr.

Summit County

Sheriff’s Office, retired

Norton