Since when did it become impossible to discuss politics and religion? Why is it so difficult?
Last week I told you about Finding (Un)Common Ground, the new site I’ve launched with writer Lisen Stromberg. We’re publishing side-by-side opinion posts about controversial, potentially divisive topics. We’re not experts; we’re simply moms who would really like to be able to discuss issues with civility. We believe others would like to be able to do the same.
Lisen’s the West Coast liberal and I’m the Southern/Heartland conservative. As expected, we did not agree in our first round of posts last week concerning the terrorist attacks against our embassies in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen.
This week, however, in our second round of posts, something strange happened.
We agreed. Well, sort of.
We weren’t in perfect sync with each other on the responses from Google and the Obama administration regarding the film Innocence of Muslims. That showed up in the comments. But we did agree on one thing: the freedom of speech is a right that must be upheld.
I’d say a liberal and a conservative agreeing on the importance of the First Amendment is reason for hope in this brutal election season. It may be rare that Lisen and I agree on anything, but what a great place to begin.
I promise not to blog here every time we post something there. I’ll try to let you know when new posts are up so you can click over to read them if you want.
Yesterday Lisen and I were thrilled that BlogHer syndicated our story. Read both sides in An Uncommon Meeting Sparks Civil Dialogue, Launches New Site.
Is civil dialogue possible? We’re game give it a fighting chance.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV
Keep Your Eyes Open, my love. By NeedtoBreathe. I know the fight is on the way when the sides have been chosen.
Please visit the BlogHer post, share or comment if you like our concept, and have an uncommonly good weekend!