Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Who sets the ‘standards’ for free speech on Facebook?'

'My question is simple: Who sets the “standards”?' Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
'My question is simple: Who sets the “standards”?' Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Whilst anyone with any decent humanity would rightly condemn the killing of Lyra McKee in Derry on Easter Thursday, I am concerned by the action of the company Facebook who deleted the account of the Saoradh political group.

My concerns are based around the concept of free speech and the democratic right of political groups to use social media, providing they don’t give a platform to hate speech or religious demonisation.

If one were to follow the logic of Facebook, then all political groups must adhere to some ritual in giving vent to their political viewpoint which must adhere to some sort of “normal standards”.

My question is simple: Who sets the “standards”? Surely on the most recent past the company known as Facebook are the last company to call for political correctness!

Paul Doran

Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Parties in North must change how they campaign for votes

The way the main parties in the North approach elections needs to change if there is ever to be a sustainable governing body. The “vote for us so the others don’t get in” mantra must end.

Vote for us based on our policies.

Damien Carroll

Dublin 24

Help us to save others from terrible tragedy of suicide

Families and communities throughout our country continue to be blighted by the devastation of suicide.

There are no words to accurately describe the fallout resulting from a death by suicide or indeed any tragic death. A mixture of emotions take over your life and it’s impossible to function normally.

The ordinary events of everyday life become meaningless. Life as you know it has changed in the blink of an eye.

The sense of hopelessness is overwhelming, but amid all the turmoil there is hope and there is help.

Eight years on from losing our son David to suicide we still mourn him and he is always in our thoughts. But life is different now, the bad days are less frequent and the important things in life are clearer now than they ever were.

I’m not qualified to advise anyone on how to deal with their grief but I do know help is available and sometimes bereavement counselling can be a good place to start.

Reading this letter might give encouragement and hope to some family who are now experiencing the rawness of a recent suicide or tragic death and, more importantly, reach out to someone contemplating suicide to seek help.

This year’s Darkness into Light walk in aid of the suicide prevention charity Pieta House takes place at 4.15am on Saturday, May 11. The theme of this year’s walk is ‘The Power of Hope’.

Show your support and join the thousands who will walk in the hope of reducing suicide numbers in our country.

John Higgins

Ballina, Co Mayo

Repugnant to associate one religion with terrorism

I doubt if Christianophobia or Islamophobia ever exist. Christians lived for centuries side by side with Muslims.

How many churches have ever been attacked in Jordan or Palestine (the Holy Land), including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus the Christ was born? None.

Historic churches stand there as testament to harmonious coexistence.

Yes, some Christians are persecuted in countries like Pakistan, but mainly for social reasons (they look down at them and consider them as a low caste but such practices are un-Islamic in nature).

I am proud more than ever of being a Muslim.

Extremists are everywhere.

Don’t you remember the massacre of the entire Nepalese royal family at the hands of the crown prince in 2001? The entire Nepalese monarchy was wiped out (Hindus).

More than 100,000 were killed in the Sri Lankan civil wars (Hindus and Buddhists).

What about the Rohingya Muslim community? Again, countless Muslim women were raped by mainly Buddhist men.

Many children were used in wars as mercenaries, and many of the foreign fighters were/are rapists, drug addicts and of criminal record.

It is therefore repugnant to associate any specific religion with terror.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil – can you split the difference?

It was always said that a vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for the IRA.

Not to be outdone, a vote for Fianna Fáil is a vote for Fine Gael.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

Irish Independent

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