Civility Only Works When Everybody Stays In The Same Room
- Civility Only Works When Everybody Stays In The Same Room
By Daniel Schultz
April 19, 2010
This "covenant for civility," signed by over 100 "faith leaders" and
publicized by Jim Wallis and Sojourners, practically begs for a contrarian
response devoid of all ruth and sugar. From the smarmy (not to mention
insider-y) centrism of the subtitle ("Come, let us reason together," a
misapplication of Isaiah if there ever was one), to the
more-in-sadness-than-in-anger ahistorical fretting about what has happened
to American political discourse, the project fairly cries out for a sound
thumping by the very contemptuous churls it seeks to corral.
Fortunately, while it is true generally that I refuse to go along with any
attempt to transcend the partisanship of, well, partisan politics, in this
case somebody has done my dirty work for me:
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God,
asked that his name be removed from "A Covenant for Civility," which was
released in March.
"I do not want my name or the Assemblies of God to be associated with
persons who claim to be in the Body of Christ yet reject the moral teachings
of Scripture," Wood told freelance writer and conservative Christian blogger
Lanagan expects others to follow suit.
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