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True free speech can create mutual respect

Universities should take their position in society as vehicles of tolerance, benevolence, free speech and the eschewal of discord and communal violence.

We all live in a world riven by religious enmity, social chaos, political upheaval and economic uncertainty.

Free speech does not mean giving our tongues a free ride to say offensive, aggressive, insulting and offensive things, like attacking Muslims, or denying the Holocaust.

What we need most is a plethora of voices and ideas that counter extremist narratives in our midst and that allow communities to flourish in an aura of mutual respect and understanding.

DR MUNJED FARID AL QUTOB

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