Going beyond religious tolerance

Silence does the job of keeping a fragile collective peace on religious differences. We should strive for better by being less quick to take offence and by being open to a genuinely respectful dialogue.

Is there actually a need for a right to NOT be offended?

The Watain affair in Singapore has cast the spotlight on what has been an ongoing discussion in the country: Whether or not freedom of expression must be regulated, given the possible offence it can cause to certain groups in society.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2019, with the headline 'Going beyond religious tolerance'. Print Edition | Subscribe