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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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