Save Me From Divisive Speech

You read the darnedest things in Facebook status updates. Here’s a gem I stumbled across today.

James W. Rosenzweig:

We pretend too comfortably that the people we disagree with politically are evil, that they have evil intentions, that their motives can arise only from the most bitter and cruel of hearts. The language we use about each other too quickly descends into characterizations that make those we disagree with somehow not American, not civilized, not human. And the result is that we are increasingly militarized in our attitudes about politics.

Thanks to Katherine Grace Bond for posting this.

I can’t help but think about how many popular works of “art” and “entertainment” express the same dismissive, condemning views that prevent dialogue and throw fuel on the fires of cruelty and hatred.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.