Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Resisting the New Polarization

Charles C. Camosy, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York City and author of "Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization," writes on the blog Catholic Moral Theology:
Polarization in American culture is nothing new. In fact, it seems to built almost intentionally into our two-party system. For a very long time now, many of us have assumed that are basically two answers or “sides” to issues and questions in our public discourse. But we are now more polarized than at any other time in our nation’s history since the Civil War. And with the obsession this current Presidential campaign has had with negative ads, rather than talking about positive proposals to solve problems, it looks to get even worse in the coming months.  
But our broader culture need not cave to how its media and other public institutions present the world to us. We can resist. Based on my experience working to push back against polarization, I published an Op-Ed with the Seattle Times describing five relatively simple practices that may help this effort.
You can read those suggested practices here.

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