Danish attacks

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Considering the latest outrage in Copenhagen, apparently carried out by a second-generation immigrant from a Muslim country, for the greater good is it not time to question the open-door policies that have prevailed in the West for so long?

Clearly, many of the young Muslims in this category are desperately unhappy living within societies governed by Western values. They would demonstrably and surely be happier and more settled in an all-Muslim environment. 

Could resettlement at government expense not be offered to all those in this category?

Alexander McKay

New Cut Rigg
Edinburgh

The scourge of anti-Semitism is reprehensible. History will judge us. This is our solemn obligation to never allow Jews’ anguish and endurance during the Nazi Holocaust to happen again.

Racism, discrimination, anti-Semitic bigotries and prejudices have no place in our societies.

Anyone who makes threatening, offensive, abusive and aggressive comments towards Jews; or makes their places of worship, synagogues and educational seats targets of hatred and violence, betrays our civilised values and humanitarian ­principles.

By the same token, attacks on mosques and anti-Muslim bigotries and hatred should be condemned and vociferously prosecuted with the full force of the law.

Negative stereotypes, Islamphobic and xenophobic attitudes have risen sharply even in schools and universities in the West. Also we should recognise that depicting the prophet of Islam as a dog, and lampooning divine religions should not be considered as freedom of expression. Such acts fuel social unrest and sow the tares of discord and division.

Most importantly, there is no freedom of expression when such a freedom infringes on others’ religious freedoms and civil liberties.

This is a critical chapter in our history. We should leave no stone unturned in our endeavour to foster tolerance, strengthen effectual governance, interfaith, interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding.

MUNJED FARID AL-QUTOB

Chartley Avenue
London

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