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Gore Vidal and the Death of Refined Public Repartee
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Buckley and Vidal were erudite enough that there was true substance to their “bitter” (and fun) exchanges. The ideas arrived before the witty, cutting remarks that were added like icing on the cake. Today’s pu ...

The Problem with Certitude
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

I'm troubled by the way many Christians choose to take definitive and certain stances about complex issues, and the rhetoric they use to state and defend these positions, rhetoric that tends to divide rat ...

Disagreeing Wthout Being Disagreeable
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor ...

Speaking the Truth in Love: Katharine Hayhoe on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

There are a lot of heinously unmerited personal attacks going on in these United States right now, but for some reason I’m most bothered by the ones against Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and evange ...

Atheism: A Null Hypothesis on God
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

When I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil-rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group. When I talk a ...

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Policy-Making Billionaires OVER the past 30 years, as the gap between wealthy and poor grew ever wider, total phi ...

Jim Wallis and Richard Land: Join the Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Last night, at the National Press Club here in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Sojourners co-sponsored a conversation between Richard L ...

Holy Land Farce
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman Glenn Beck's exploitative event in Israel ignored justice and U.S. public opinion. GLENN BECK’ ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

After Tucson, the State of the Union
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation's soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. In Tucson, Arizona, President ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

The King's Speech: MLK and Tucson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In his role as prophet to the nation, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. In his role as pro ...

What a Tragedy Can Call Us To Do
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We needed to be called to transcend politics in our response to the shootings in Arizona, lest the politics of our reactions to this tragedy turn us even further against one another. ...

Glenn Beck's Offensive Attacks on George Soros
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

And the hits just keep on coming.</p> And the hits just keep on coming. The list of people who Glenn Beck has attacked with faulty logic and fear tactics is growing long ...

It Takes a Movement: Why Politics is Frozen Solid
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Things Worth Remembering from the Rally to Restore Sanity
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101101-rallytorestoresanity21.jpg"></a>On my way back to Pennsylvania after attending Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity in Washingto ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

This Election Season, Let's Focus on Truth and Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Let's try it. For the next six weeks before the election, let's ...

Glimmers of Hope in a National Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Someone please pinch me. This must be a nightmare. After all, is it possible that, in this land of freedom, one of its states -- which back in 1993 refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Doing Justice
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel on civility in public discourse. Harvard professor Mi ...