Why We Must Restore Civility in Public Discourse

A beautiful evening yesterday in Wake Forest…

“Must read” Op-Ed column

Here we go. It’s late in the day I know, but I’m supposed to be finishing up this new book… and – today at least – I’m not exactly making good progress!

Consequently, my Wednesday post is going to be a simple referral. Please read the balance of this article on my (North Carolina Press Association award-winning) page at Wake Forest Today.

The title is: Why We Simply Must Increase Civility in Public Discourse. The content comprises, I believe, one of my better WFT articles. Here is the conclusion. Enjoy… but I know you’ll enjoy visiting the site to read the entire piece.

There are several “tweetable” sound bites I want you to take away from today’s column. I’m listing three of them in bullets below:

  • Fear-based religion seldom holds much hope of its own, so it props itself up by casting aspersions at everything else.
  • People who campaign to get into representative government because they want to tap into the rage against government are ill equipped to govern.
  • The rhetoric of “I’m right, you’re wrong” fails to recognize this simple but profound truth: We are all wrong some of the time, and we need one-another to stay grounded.

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“There is no fear in love,” the New Testament writer, John, insists, “but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love” 1 John 4:18

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