Thursday 8 December 2016

After Paris, questions for us all

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Muslim men observe a minute's silence after their prayers inside Birmingham Central Mosque to remember the victims of last Friday's attacks in Paris
Muslim men observe a minute's silence after their prayers inside Birmingham Central Mosque to remember the victims of last Friday's attacks in Paris

I wish to respond to Dr Aislinn O'Donnell's article in the Irish Independent (November 20).

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Dr O'Donnell tells us that teaching about world religions and ethics "might counter the risk of Islamophobia in Europe and the increased potential for discrimination that we are witnessing". Simply put, one cannot "witness" either "risk" or "potential". At best, such things can be inferred.

If Dr O'Donnell means that adherents of Islam have experienced increased discrimination in the immediate wake of the Paris murders, then a few well-documented examples of concrete, significant injuries might be convincing.

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