Despite What You Think, Civil Discourse Exists

Mar 18, 2013

It doesn’t take very long, scanning through the cable news channels and talk radio, to assume that civil discourse is hard to come by in the United States.

The Wisconsin state Capitol during the fight between Gov. Scott Walker and pro-union groups.
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On this episode of Oklahoma Voices, we hear from two speakers at a recent conference sponsored by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa who present evidence we’re not as divided as it may appear.

As the executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, the Rev. Scott Alexander helped create a program on civic discourse in the midst of political upheaval.

The council’s work came as the nation watched the struggle between Unions and Gov. Scott Walker at the state Capitol.

David Blatt’s talk focuses on the failure of Oklahoma lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin to pass an income tax cut last legislative session.

As the director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, Blatt helped craft a coalition of people who opposed the cut.

The speakers for the conference, according to the Re-mind and Re-new website, model ways of disagreeing, find common ground, stay in relationship and do important work together despite deep differences.