"I believe that the extreme rhetoric and excessive polarization that is so prevalent in our politics is harming America because it makes it more difficult to solve our common problems. I also believe that people of faith have a responsibility to show respect for others of different views and to engage in respectful dialogue with them. Therefore, I pledge that, during the 2014 campaign season I will do my best to:
• Pray regularly for myself, for others and for our political leaders that we might promote civility and show respect for those of different views
• Practice respectful dialogue by applying the Golden Rule in political discussions."
In addition to signing this statement, we invite you to make some comments and/or specific commitments relating to:
1) Your own personal practice of prayer and respectful dialogue
2) Actions to promote civility with others