REFLECTION: When did we confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude?

by Joan Chittister, osb Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace I’ve written or spoken a good many times about the incivility that unmonitored social media sites have generated in this country. Someplace along the line we have managed to confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude, crude, mean, hurtful or brutal — … Continue reading REFLECTION: When did we confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude?

REFLECTION: The United States is having an identity crisis

by Joan Chittister, osb Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace The 19th century was a period of public and political turmoil in Russia, which is perhaps why the influential novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky is said to have commented, "To live without hope is to cease to live." Perhaps Americans have never understood that feeling better than … Continue reading REFLECTION: The United States is having an identity crisis