Fugitives from Fundamentalism

The Musings of Adult Missionary Kids (MKs) & Former Born-Again Believers

National Institute for Civil Discourse

Posted by Ann on March 1, 2011

Caveat to the reader: The following is my opinion. I absolve all other contributors from this site from guilt by association.

I just read a criticism of the newly established National Institute for Civil Discourse on PZ Meyers’ blog, Pharyngula:


I am disturbed by his statement that the development of the National Institute for Civil Discourse with honorary chairmen former Presidents Clinton and Bush made him want to gag. Meyers, you make me want to gag (your opinion anyway). And I don’t agree with the quote by Bierce, “Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.” Change does come from civil discourse, civil polite discourse involving honest, straightforward opinions (and communication of facts). I don’t think all opinions are equally valid. And politeness, when everyone knows it is politeness, is not hypocritical.

2 Responses to “National Institute for Civil Discourse”

  1. Ann said

    Although, come to think of it, maybe Meyers is speaking from his perspective, maybe he would be a hypocrite if he were to be polite. Maybe those who think being civil is hypocritical are people who are not civil in their own lives? (hypocrite: 1) a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs 2) a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.)

  2. Ann said

    Kinda relevant, I’d say. Here’s Hillary bringing attention to the way provision of information by Al Jazeera, without commercials and talking heads arguing, is changing minds and attitudes.


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