REFORMING POLITICAL DISCOURSE: A NEW CONVERSATION STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 1

The appalling state of current political discourse should be obvious to everyone. Politicians on both sides of the political aisle, as well as their supporters, too often resort to name-calling and demonization of their opponents. There is a “better way” for politicians and citizens to engage one another.

The starting point for this electronic conversation will be to talk about a possible “Christian perspective on political discourse” characterized by respect for those with whom we disagree. We will then seek to model such respectful political discourse by having two or three “conversation partners” who hold opposing views dialogue about the “nature of politics” and selected contentious public policy issues. The ten monthly conversations will include discussion of the following subtopics:

Are There Limits to Free Speech and Civil Discourse?

Party Politics and Beyond

The Role of Money and Special Interests in Politics

Immigration

Healthcare in America

Case Study Conversations Within Churches

As for past eCircles, readers will have the opportunity to submit comments on the postings of the conversation partners in a moderated forum.

You are cordially invited to follow and contribute to this conversation.

Harold Heie
August 16, 2017