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Published: Tuesday, July 17 2012 11:18 p.m. MDT

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MapleDon
Springville, UT

This message is brought to you today from the local, Unitarian-like, Church of Civility. Here at the Church of Civility, we preach of civility, we teach of civility, we think of civility. And we exercise civility subjectively.

Remember civility, civility, and civility. But the greatest of these is civility.

"Can't we all just get along?!"

raybies
Layton, UT

I actually learned civility from a very raucus environment of LDS who answered a continuous onslaught of abusive questions directed at them in one continuous stream of bile and nastiness day after day back before the web even existed, but the internet did... it was on Usenet, in an unmoderated newsgroup called alt.religion.mormon, and I saw these folks weather the most indecent and vile attacks with courtesy and respect to every person. The assumption was that despite how offensive the others were being, that their attacks were the product of misunderstanding. After a few months of marveling at them, I realized that they viewed all people, even those who were sworn antimormons as people they could care about and I watched in awe as time after time a few of them would successfully disarm hordes of dissenters. They were truly gifted and I count myself lucky to have known them. Ironically it doesn't take a civil environment to learn civility, it merely takes someone who treats others civilly even when they don't deserve it.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

We'd do well to make sure these folks don't bundle criticism alongside lack of civility.
Is someone who speaks out in favor of traditional marriage and offends gays in the process "uncivil"?
Or if you are against illegal alien rights and special accommodations, are you really intolerant, hateful and uncivil?
Those who think for themselves and have strong opinions are not in the same class with irrational tantrum-throwers.
(I realize my position is labeled as hazardous by Homeland Security and SPLC. I really don't care.)

jeanie
orem, UT

MapleDon - Not exactly sure where you're going with you statement. I could guess, but I may be wrong.

I agree with Say No - in that we need to be careful that we can disagree on issues and still be civil. Name calling and broad sweeping generalizations are not civil. Calmly stating your view even when you disagree with others is civil behavior.

donquixote84721
Cedar City, UT

Our society has experienced yet another tragic mass murder, and yet again it was by someone who felt disenfranchised by society. We, as a society, need to remember that we are ALL children of the same God, and we need to reach out to all members, and include them as equal members. As a World Society, we need to learn to treat All members, as we would want to be treated, if our roles were reversed, and we were in their place.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

I disagree completely with this story, a child must learn to respect others rights and freedoms and choices. Civility is a code of ethics for government and public servants should employ. As american we have every right to be uncivil. What children and most adults do not have is respect for each other that creates disorder and fighting and tantrums. If child learns to respect elders, authority, and law and order, then all will be peaceful.

To replace respect with civil means they (government controlled schools) expect you not to teach your children their rights, freedoms, and choices they have a Right to do.

This articles is a message to passive obedience to distract people from their right to civil war if necessary to repel an oppressive government trying to teach our children they don't have civil rights or freedoms.

Civility is something for government to learn and to obey their masters, the people.

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