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Thursday, January 21, 2010

"The Mormon Ethic of Civility"


An article entitled "The Mormon Ethic of Civility" was published in the Church's Newsroom at this link. The article was also published on The Civility Project's web site as well. I want to quote two paragraphs from it.


"The need for civility is perhaps most relevant in the realm of partisan politics. As the Church operates in countries around the world, it embraces the richness of pluralism. Thus, the political diversity of Latter-day Saints spans the ideological spectrum. Individual members are free to choose their own political philosophy and affiliation. Moreover, the Church itself is not aligned with any particular political ideology or movement. It defies category. Its moral values may be expressed in a number of parties and ideologies."


I believe this statement is practiced in the Church as well as it is stated by Church leaders.


"Furthermore, the Church views with concern the politics of fear and rhetorical extremism that render civil discussion impossible. As the Church begins to rise in prominence and its members achieve a higher public profile, a diversity of voices and opinions naturally follows. Some may even mistake these voices as being authoritative or representative of the Church. However, individual members think and speak for themselves. Only the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles speak for the whole Church.."


When rhetoric becomes so inflamed that sides no longer talk with one another or worse, sides carry on simultaneous monologues at a deafening level, we are all hurt. My dislike of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and their many liberal counterparts is based in my belief that they are all  engaging in speech and acts emphasizing "the politics of fear and rhetorical extremism that render civil discussion impossible."


Democracy only works well when people are willing to really talk to each other. Those that prevent this, or render it impossible, are the real dangers to democracy.


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