Religion, Political Civility and Civic Friendship

By: John Ray  

In the United States today vituperation, vilification and invective mark today’s hyper-partisan political discourse. Personal attacks on opponents replace reasoned discourse. Such debased political speech makes our American government inoperative and threatens our democracy. Throughout U.S. history religion has played a significant role in our politics. Many Americans use their religion as a guide to their political activity. This paper focuses on the question of how religion affects political civility and civic friendship in this country. Its conclusion is that religion significantly hinders the practice of political civility and civic friendship.

Religion, Civility, Politics
The Politics of Religion
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. John Ray

-, -, University of Montana, United States
Montana, United States

Professor--Liberal Studies Department--Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana. Teach courses in political science, public policy and communications. PhD--University of Wisconsin in political science. Published in the areas of political theory, rhetorical theory and philosophy. Teaching areas: American Government, Social Problems, Public Administration, International Relations, Group Dynamics, Conflict Resolution and Communication Theory. Conference presentations in the United States, Canada, Germany and England.