The Case for Civility

The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It by Os Guinness, 4/5

Guinness looks at how modern American views of tolerance and the idea of separation between church and state have moved away from the intent of the First Amendment with regards to religion: namely, to ensure freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.  He argues that rather than attempting to remove religion from politics and public discussion, anti-religious, non-religious and religious philosophies should be accorded the same respect, consideration and civility in the public square.  I admire and agree with many of Guinness’ points, but the fact remains that as long as there is money to be made and power to be grabbed from encouraging the illogical, impassioned, hate-filled polarization of people over topics of religion and politics, civil discussion will be impossible.  In the light of modern culture, media and politics, Guinness’ book is a discouragingly small glimmer of reason and common sense.


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