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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.