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English cardinal: campaign against terror should not see all minority views as threatening

March 09, 2016

England's leading Catholic prelate has cautioned that the government's campaign to combat terrorism could go awry, resulting in damage to civil liberties.

"There is no doubt that the threat of active terrorism is real," said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster. "But my impression is that we are at a very delicate point at which the defining of extremism could go seriously wrong." 

The cardinal suggested that a definition of extremism should not require "embracing of simply the current social consensus." Opinions should not be regarded as dangerous merely because they are outside the mainstream of popular opinion, he argued. 

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