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Avoiding intolerance only fuels it

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, Elizabeth Farrelly argued – persuasively, in my opinion – that our desperation to avoid racial and religious intolerance allows intolerance to thrive. Ms Farrelly says “our determination not to offend means we tolerate the thoroughly offensive.”  She calls it “moral […]

Build bridges instead of moats

The recent shootings in Arizona, with six dead and 13 wounded, have been blamed on extremist political rhetoric designed to heighten tensions between different social and cultural groups, and to deepen a sense of fear and mistrust between people. Some of this, both here and in the U.S., is generated […]

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