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Civil Discourse

Awash in a Sea of Profanity

Shayne Looper | Posted 02.03.2017 | Religion
Shayne Looper

I once asked a retired public school teacher friend what was the biggest change during his thirty years of teaching, from the sixties to the nineties....

Colin Kaepernick is a Patriot. And Your Respectful Disagreement Makes You One Too

John Riofrio | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
John Riofrio

I want to begin by saying that disagreement, political disagreement, is healthy and useful, but that I worry about the way in which we as a society ca...

An Antidote For PID (Politically Induced Despair)

Susan Kraus | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Susan Kraus

The shock of authentic civil discourse is the best therapy for PID.

A Requiem for the Asterisk

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Omissions are not accidents. Marianne Moore, Complete Poems, author's note This election season has had many unexpected consequences, but none has b...

Together, We Remember September 11

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Our country is better than this. We need to focus on what unites us, not on who yells the loudest. We need to support each other in times of need, because we all find ourselves in need at one point or another. And we must to work together to find answers to the difficult issues of our time.

Meanwhile, Back in 1776...

Paola K Amaras | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

Everyone likes to invoke our Founders so much lately, so I'm invoking Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary, philosopher, political theorist, and activist. Much of what he wrote has particular relevance today in this toxic election season.

What's Driving Polarization?

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

Over the last few years, the hyper polarization of American society has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly in the form of hand-wringing from journalists predicting the downfall of civility.

A Civil Discourse: Returning Civility To Politics

Paola K Amaras | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

What I want is a political system where civil discourse and a mutual desire to improve and enhance the lives of all Americans are the ultimate goal. Not some throwback to the 1950's or the antebellum South that excluded so many of us from achieving the American Dream.

For a Productive Discussion, Voters Must Fight the Impulse to Do Harm

Michael Shammas | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The point is simple: Elections are important. How can we debate the 2016 election in a way that recognizes that gravity? To me, improving our discourse means rising above "the impulse to do harm," which is something humans naturally feel after being slighted.

Listen: How to Trump Trump and Make America Greater Than Ever

Kai Degner | Posted 03.26.2017 | Politics
Kai Degner

This is mostly a letter to my kids or grandkids. I don't have kids or grandkids, and am not married. So I don't know exactly to whom I'm writing yet.

How Do YOU Feel?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Every conversation I am in about this year's presidential primary campaign regardless of the person's political affiliation quickly evolves into an expression of strong feeling and concern about what it reflects about the current state of our political dysfunction.


Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Freedom of speech is a very precious and increasingly fragile foundation of American democracy. And it is very worrying that the latest attacks - attacks that have been full frontal - are coming from people who are running for the highest office in the land.

Nomination Politics

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have thrown out a lot of supposed 'precedent' for not moving forward with a nomination in an election year with a lame duck president.

Sacred Conversation in the Midst of Conflict

Rabbi Amy Eilberg | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Two Somali-American imams, a woman in hijab, an African-American pastor, and two American women rabbis come to Jerusalem. Sound like the beginning of a joke? It was no joke.

Don't Elect Marco "Rubiot"

Mark Gerzon | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

However, great leaders are not robots. They are human beings whose hearts are attuned to where they are, who they are with, now. They are able to share their basic message in ways that are unique and fresh each time they speak.

NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.

Listen to the President: Politics Must Change

Pat Waak | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Pat Waak

I will be honest. I really liked President Obama's State of the Union address. But then I really like Barack Obama and his belief in all of us. He has done more to benefit this country than anyone else, despite the meanness and spite that has continued to bubble under and above the surface.

Protect America's First Amendment -- Freedom of Religion

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.10.2016 | Religion
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We, as a nation and as individuals cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past -- and banning people from our country based solely on their religion would be a huge mistake.

Trump's Spitwads or Francis' Generosity -- Which Will Americans Choose?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm wondering, will Pope Francis' visit lead Americans to rethink the vitriolic spitwads they've been throwing at each other lately -- in public, in private and online? Pope Francis' patient, respectful speaking style puts to shame folks like the invective-spewing Donald Trump.

The Demonization of Dissent

Harlan Loeb | Posted 09.18.2016 | Business
Harlan Loeb

It's become an avalanche and it's ugly and frightening. It's the demonization of dissent - and it is a crisis we must address.

The Unexpected Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Let's honor those we mourn--animal and human--and the causes we hold dear by empathizing, strategizing and mobilizing. Let the killing of Cecil be a catalyst for moving all issues forward and not use it as an excuse to stay in the merry-go-around of anger, judgment and contempt.

The One Crucial Ingredient For A Civil Conversation

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

Welcome to HuffPost Religion's ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives,...

Imbalances of Power

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Oxfam International released a report this week, just as the World Economic Forum opens in Davos Switzerland, which projects that by 2016, 1 percent of the population will control more than 50 percent of the wealth.

13 Milliseconds to Civility

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Representative John Boehner was reelected as Speaker of the House this week, surviving a challenge from the far right as the 114th U.S. Congress, with Republican leadership in both Houses, began its work.

We Are All Wounded

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The idea that that we might live in a post-racial society -- a concept that became a topic of national discussion among the pundits after the election of President Barak Obama -- has slinked into a dark corner in recent weeks.