In his major religious defense, John Henry Newman is indeed engaged in a battle, but he maintains a detachment that allows him to preserve a true charity towards his opponent.
Today on our televisions, radios, and social media the take-all approach dominates. There is very little room for synthesis, a moment that requires intellectual clarity.
We could use more good men skilled in speaking. We could also use more honest persuasion. That is why we could all stand to ramp up our rhetoric.
This barbaric hatred is beneath us, and call me a Pollyanna, but I truly believe it’s not too late for us to start hating each other like civilized human beings again.
The solution to bad speech is not more speech when nobody agrees on the ground rules. We cannot have a marketplace of ideas without rules of engagement.
Sex scandals and outrageous accusations, even violence, have long been part of American political discourse—but that doesn’t make it okay.
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