Civil Discourse

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Online Muslim forums foster tolerance and fuel vitriol

WASHINGTON — Amid calls to get more Muslims using the Internet, experts who have studied Muslims online caution that the … Continued

Christian leaders seek to overcome polarization

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five top Christian leaders gathered in the U.S. city with perhaps the worst reputation for civil discourse Wednesday … Continued

Jewish activist: ‘Hate speech must not be accepted as civil discourse’

Astrid Riecken FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Controversial posters on the Israel Palestinian conflict are placed at U Street Metro stop … Continued

Combat bullying, but protect religious speech

After years of benign neglect – neglect that was anything but benign for the victims – bullying has finally moved … Continued

The beef over beef: A student protest devolves in India

NOAH SEELAM AFP/GETTY IMAGES A Hindu devotee makes an offering of food to a sacred cow on the eve of … Continued

Vitriol + guns = disaster

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Apple zaps conservative Christian app

By David Waters The Culture War now has its own app. Or does it? After receiving thousands of complaints, Apple … Continued

Jon Stewart: it’s more than amplification

By Sid Schwarz I am a sucker for a meaningful gathering on the mall in Washington. Every year I come … Continued

We need ‘civil’ discourse

By Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs With the midterm elections behind us, America is … Continued

Jewish reflections on America’s relationship with Islam

By Rabbi Steve Gutow Last week two disturbing incidents occurred that I hope and pray are not the start of … Continued

Supporting the mosque is the American (and Jewish) thing to do

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Hinduism and pluralism

By Padma KuppaInterfaith activist and contributor to Patheos.com (Patheos.com has just launched a new eleven-week series on the Future of … Continued

Science, civil dialogue, and religion

By Alan I. Leshnerchief executive officer American Association for the Advancement of Science I was not surprised by the news … Continued

“Love the alien as yourself”

This Catholic’s View By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Octavio Gonzalez, a graduate of Georgetown University, would be picking corn and … Continued

A more civil discourse: idealistic pragmatism

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Political discourse these days seems more fitted to Halloween than All Saints Day. Angels … Continued

John Brown’s disobedience

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler 150 years ago–in October 1859–John Brown led a raid on a U.S. armory in … Continued

Roots of Prejudice

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Newsweek has some edgy covers these days. How about, “The Case for Killing Granny”? … Continued

Seven Suggestions for Christians in the Public Square

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

The Problem is Me

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

An Epidemic of Bullying

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued