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American Civility

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

On Civility and Public Discourse

John J. DeGioia | Posted 05.02.2012 | College
John J. DeGioia

Rush Limbaugh's remarks about Sandra Fluke, following her respectful and sincere testimony, can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student. In our vibrant and diverse society, there always are important differences that need to be debated, with strong and legitimate beliefs held on all sides of challenging issues. The greatest contribution of the American project is the recognition that together, we can rely on civil discourse to engage the tensions that characterize these difficult issues, and work towards resolutions that balance deeply held and different perspectives. We must return to the values that hold us together.

Guns, God And A Gift From My New Friend, M.

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

This kind of open interaction is what I believe needs to occur more often if we are going to build community amidst great disagreement in theology, ideology and politics.

I Am Not A Bible-Waver

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

We sure don't need any more screaming. My inbox and my Facebook feed fills up every day with screams from my favorite progressive organizations and people, faith-based and otherwise.

10 Things This Liberal, Social Justice Christian, Progressive Democrat Has In Common With Conservative, Evangelical Christian, Tea Party Republicans

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It is with this yearning that I offer this list of five and affirmations and five confessions that I believe I hold in common with many of the folks who sit on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

On Gay Rights, Should Conservative Christians Keep Fighting Or Adapt?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

It appears increasingly obvious that social acceptance of gay men and lesbians and insistence on their equal rights are inexorable. A decision point is at hand for socially conservative Christians.

A Call For Civility

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Let's take the recent events in Egypt and learn an important lesson: namely, democratic reform can be non-violent. And let's hope that, whatever the future holds for the country, civility will prevail.

Religion, Metaphor And Getting The 'Nazi' Out Of Our Rhetoric

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Precise and measured description is now an untraveled path in contemporary political discourse. "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." Let us speak more carefully.

The Religious Case For Less Civility And More Passion

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

All this talk about civility is beginning to make me uncomfortable. Civility refers to courteous and polite behavior. But courteous and polite behavior is not, in and of itself, a religious value.

Echoes From Gettysburg: How Americans Embrace Incivility And Ignore The Poor

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

In this second post in a three-part series on civility and the common good, we hear the voices of the two African Americans who gathered at the diner that day.

Arizona Tragedy Breathes Life Into Discourse Debate

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

The Arizona shooting is an unmitigated tragedy, but if this event can fuel a transformation in our public discourse, it will be a small glimmer on a dark moment in history.

Putting The 'Civil' Back In American Civilization

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Mark Hanson Religion News Service (RNS) The recent election campaign should wake us all and stir us to action. Our nation's political climate has ...