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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Archbishop warns against 'quiet' racism

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sarah MacDonald

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said he is worried by "quiet expressions" of racism on social media as he warned hatred and intolerance begins "at a local level".

Dr Martin was joined by President Michael D Higgins and New Zealand Ambassador Brad Burgess at the Pro-Cathedral yesterday for a service of remembrance for the 50 victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said what worried him most was not so much public expressions of intolerance but "quiet expressions" either on social media or in small groups.

"We have to be very careful about even the smallest signs of religious intolerance, and you find it certainly on social media. People have the feeling that if they are on social media, they can't be identified and that they can say things that they wouldn't say in public or wouldn't own up to saying," he said.

He added that, from Nazism to genocide, it "all began at a local level".

He told the congregation racism and religious intolerance cannot ever be allowed to assume a token of respectability, saying: "There is no such thing as half-racism."

Irish Independent

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