Clergy unite to urge: ‘Thou shalt be civil’

"Faith Statement on Public Discourse"
It’s gotten ugly out there in the public square—on television, at public meetings, on the Internet.

Whether it’s health-care reform specifically or politics generally, it is common to see people demonizing each other, shouting each other down and gleefully circulating vicious e-mail messages distorting the other side.

So much so that Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy in New Orleans recently found common ground about one, clear thing. They’ve decided to give their congregations a message: Get ahold of yourself!

“The whole atmosphere has been getting just nasty,” said Robert Loewy, rabbi of Congregation Gates of Prayer. “We’re not going to change the world, but we’ve decided we need to raise people’s awareness—that this is just not right. It’s wrong.”

 

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