Let’s talk about religion and politics…

  • Mar 9, 2009

oh no! Not here! But here: http://letstalkaboutreligionandpolitics.blogspot.com/

A few months ago I received an amazing email from Anette, a self-described die-hard leftist “who wishes you would post more on politics. I realize that’s not what your blog is about, but you posted at some point during election season about not wanting to post on divisive issues.

The thing is, I think they are divisive to some extent because we leave the conversation to the intolerants and name-callers on both sides… I’m pretty sure, for example, that you and I disagree about gay marriage. But if reasonable thoughtful people posted about this or other social issues I would listen with a lot more respect than I have for those who seem to only want to rile people up and use the issue to spread hate and sow discontent, and so I would probably learn a lot more than I do from “famous” conservatives.”

Anette then asked all kinds of questions about Mormons and politics which I answered to the best of my ability. But can I speak for all Mormons? No. Can I even speak conclusively on my own opinions? Not really.

My political and religious views are formed by the sources I select(newspapers, magazines, my husband) and in general, I choose articles or people who reinforce my current views. So what I am learning? Very little.

What knowledge can I glean from Anette and other thoughtful, reasonable people(that means you!) with differing views? Infinitely more.

And thus was born a beautiful idea– a blog where we can talk about politics and religion(and how they relate to each other) in a compassionate, intelligent forum. The ground rules are simple: no name calling, no bashing, no railroading…. just direct, clear conversations about why we believe what we do.

Anette and I have both been waiting for life to slow down to start this blog(she is a science writer, mother of two and native German–how cool is that?) but realizing that that will never happen we are launching the site and praying it takes on a life of it’s own(and we really, really want to start it in a non-election year!).

We need writers; we need you. In my own, very biased opinion, I believe I have the smartest, most diverse group of blogging friends anywhere. Many of you won’t write about politics on your own blog(and I certainly understand why!) but I’d love to read your thoughts in our safe little haven. Ooh, and if anyone wants to design a cool template and/or switch the blog to WordPress I would be thrilled.

Please email me at 5boys1princess@gmail.com to become a blog contributor and I’ll add you to the list. We’d like to get a nice mix of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Atheists, Evangelicals, Mormons, Jews etc.

C’mon, I’d love to read your thoughts– and who knows? You might change my mind.

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8 Comments

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    Mama

    March 9, 2009

    I could not be more proud! I feel like I set two people up on a blind date and they are getting married! Yay, Anette and Michelle! I will definitely check it out!

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    Tracy

    March 10, 2009

    LOVE it – Michelle!!!

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    duchess

    March 10, 2009

    I am such a political junkie – I love this idea.
    I’ll be right over.

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    martha corinna

    March 10, 2009

    I’m so excited!

    I just left a comment over there. I always have to restrain myself from writing about my passionate views because of some of the “audience” I have on my blog, it’s just not a very safe place.

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    TravelinOma

    March 10, 2009

    I can’t wait to be in on this blog. I love discussing politics and I would love to learn more about other people’s reasoning in a reasonable way!

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    Mitchell Family

    March 12, 2009

    So this blog is about religion and politics but not necessarily about when they intersect, right? If so, I’ve got a few things I could contribute. It’s a brilliant idea. Ruth

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    debra

    March 12, 2009

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and I am glad I did. I can’t want to check our your new one, too.
    Debra

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    jendoop

    March 13, 2009

    Sounds like a great idea. I especially love what you said about reading only your own ideas, so never expanding what beyond your own sphere. I’ll go check it out.

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