Responding to an invitation from the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, to comment on recent negative media reports on multiculturalism, HSV made these main points.

  • HSV has consistently supported cohesive, multicultural societies and their benefits.
  • Critics and opponent present views imbued with xenophobia, racism and ignorance.
  • We observe that intolerance is often based on conflicts between various beliefs and therefore we view sectarian schools as inimical to social cohesion.
  • We urge, as we have done in previous letters, that school curricula present the main tenets of major belief systems, to engender understanding and tolerance.
  • We urge for a school and public campaign to combat xenophobia and racism on the model of the current campaign on anti-homophobia.

Halina Strnad

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