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O'Doherty correct on tolerance issue

Published 31/01/2011 | 05:00

I thank Ian O'Doherty for his excellent column on the finer points of Western tolerance (Irish Independent, January 28). However, I fear the logic and arguments put forth will be lost on the people who should be listening hardest.

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Lifting their heads out of the latest 'Caring together' self-development pamphlet, these people should invest in the realisation that it's OK to celebrate and practise one's dogmatic beliefs (obviously only when those beliefs don't lead to the condemnation of someone else's). Over the past number of years (a decade or two for argument's sake) the same interfering do-gooders in our society have embraced blind, blanket ignorance.

In rushed attempts to step away from Catholic Ireland and take our place as a vibrant and advanced example of 21st-century life, we've opened the floodgate to this mish-mash of caring, sharing, lovey dovey gibberish that supersedes any other right, freedom of expression or common sense.

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