Shun insults and hatred

I am disappointed to hear remarks made at the Q Society’s fundraiser dinners in Sydney and Melbourne. Our world is passing through a turbulent time. It is important for all of us to shun those actions and statements that can cause unrest and hatred to spread in our peaceful society. We should work to unite people on common grounds rather divide them for political causes.

Freedom of speech is a noble value if exercised within the framework of decency, honesty and respect. When speech is driven by insults, it reinforces stereotypes and prejudices, which is something we neither want nor can afford in our pluralistic society. Every person has a right to an opinion; however … insulting others can never be productive; neither can it maintain peace.

Usman Mahmood, 

South Bowenfels

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