|Sent on:||Sunday, July 8, 2007 2:45 PM|
1/ making derogatory remarks about others individuals
can hurt them and therefore is immoral.
Ah - but who are we to dictate which words hurt the others to which they are ascribed? I could call someone an idiot and they could take offence at it - as you would expect. Alternatively, they could thrive on the description, believing me the idiot for calling them one!
What you are doing is grafting your own mores onto someone else; isn't that more immoral?
2/ If these remarks repeat over many years, it can cause
irreparable damage and Prevent healthy character development.
If you like, but that doesn't really fit with my experience either. I have been told that I am a useless spaz and all sorts of other things all through my formative years (my stepfather and I never really hit it off). By rights, according to your hypothesis, I should be a mass murderer now - but really, nothing could be farther from the truth.
3/ It is bad civic practice as in liberal democracies we expect
toleration and have learnt to respect diversity.
We have been told to respect diversity. Diversity has been forced upon us, whereas many of those who have come into our culture have made no effort to become integrated to us. This is bad civic practice - especially as, as they have come here of their own volition, it is incumbent on them to change.
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