One-upmanship will cause difficulties

THE democratic space offered by the Internet is so vast that freedom of expression has reached levels beyond the expectations of those who crafted the concept of the ideological system.

This is well and good to a certain extent as no one has a monopoly to shape public opinion, nor can anyone claim to be deprived of having a say at all.

It is only unsettling when hate mongering under the guise of an alternative voice gets as much traction as sober analyses from cool heads to sway the thinking of the masses.

Dissension, even the very virulent, now reaches such a wide audience that the concept of a mainstream thought has been turned on its head for good.

Issues deemed sensitive in the old days are now up for debate for everyone, including those with the most twisted logic on the World Wide Web.

Strangely, some have mistaken being a common sociopath to being opinionated.

The next mad man, anonymously, of course, on the Web, can now garner as wide an audience as articulate and urbane intellectuals when dishing out their opinions.

The kalimah “Allah” is one good example of how the Internet soapbox allows anyone with a data plan and smartphone to launch a diatribe from even his loo to advertise his views.

For a rising number of these types, sensitivity or common social grace over the religion, race or creed of others is only good when it is flushed down the bowl.

Adding more disquiet to the situation is when certain seemingly educated individuals or groups choose to ignore the good old social responsibility when discussing the kalimah issue in the public sphere.

To give a sheen of legal acceptability, they helpfully lift the Federal Constitution to justify their stand on the issue with little thought spared for the feelings of others.

Oblivious to them is that building a peaceful society is not entirely based on the strict code of the law, which also needs some tempering with common decency and tact to ensure fairness. What needs to be asked of them is whether the constitution should also explicitly spell out a provision until they can legally be told to offer greetings to their next door neighbour.

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