The following is a speech that Secretary James Baker recently gave to a group at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in the great city of Houston, Texas. Pierce Wire readers will know that I have longed for the return of grace, dignity, and statesmanship to the political process. Alas, I (and many of you) have largely been spitting in the wind-better than the alternative, I guess.
“I have been asked to speak tonight about the need for civility in an uncivil world.
It is a complicated question, one that robustly challenges Christians because it puts us directly in the crosshairs of a critical theological question: How do we reconcile our Christian desire to confront what we consider wrongdoing in the world with Our Lord’s endorsement of tolerance toward others?
America’s national ideal of e pluribus unum-“out of many, one”-threatens to become a hollow slogan as jaded Americans constantly are confronted by tidal waves of animus from their televisions and smartphones.