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Thou shalt be civil

Two dozen U.S. interfaith clergy in the New Orleans-area have written and begun circulating a "Faith Statement on Public Discourse," urging citizens, including politicians, to keep a civil tone.

"Violence begets violence," the statement says, "in speech and in action."

It calls for people to debate issues, not demonize opponents; to stop misrepresenting opponents' views; and to stop circulating e-mail messages that "demonize or humiliate persons or groups."


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