Pluralism

Pluralism refers to people of diverse and conflicting beliefs coexisting peaceably, linked by their adherence to a shared social contract which commits members of different groups to treating others fairly and accommodating them equally in the public square.

The only way to save democracy from the Christian Right is by fighting for pluralism – The Conversationalist

First, pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity.

Second, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference.

Third, pluralism is not relativism, but the encounter of commitments.

Fourth, pluralism is based on dialogue.

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recently called for liberals and non-believers to take the navigation of pluralism seriously, to embrace pluralism as a liberal value, and to engage in discussions of how to fairly and meaningfully achieve equal accommodation in the public square. To do so, to my mind, requires an understanding emphasized by modern social contract theorists like Karl Popper that the toleration of intolerance must have limits, lest the intolerant use the machinery of a tolerant society to take power and end tolerance…

The Evangelical Pluralism Problem and its Media Enablers | Religion Dispatches

Embracing pluralism is good citizenship.

A Personal Update and Some Thoughts on Pluralism – Not Your Mission Field
Anti-Proselytizing Principles
Anti-Proselytizing Principles

Remind yourself that shared values, rather than shared beliefs, are what matter when it comes to interacting with others, and that there is no replacement for doing the hard work of making yourself better. Being a good person is a process, not a status.

Empowerment against Evangelization: Countering Conversion Attempts by Asserting Moral Autonomy – Not Your Mission Field
Embracing Pluralism Is Good Citizenship
Embracing Pluralism Is Good Citizenship

Fostering healthy pluralism, which democracy demands, means confronting intolerance.

Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals. They Believe Awful Things About Jews – The Forward

One cannot achieve a healthy religious pluralism by pretending that robust mutual respect for religious diversity exists where it does not exist. Fostering healthy pluralism, which democracy demands, means confronting intolerance.

Stop Gaslighting The Left About Evangelicals. They Believe Awful Things About Jews – The Forward

So what might a liberal pluralism predicated on robust separation of church and state and equal accommodation in the public square look like? And how might we navigate the tensions not just between representatives of different confessions, but also between believers and non-believers?

It is self-evidently necessary for progressive atheists and agnostics to build coalitions with progressive believers and to work together toward the common good.

The only way to save democracy from the Christian Right is by fighting for pluralism – The Conversationalist

Thus, the practice of pluralism re-constructs the perception of the ‘other,’ which builds character and, ultimately, communities.

The possibilities of pluralism are infinite. The very fabric of diversity has the ability to make a community thrive.

The role of pluralism is one of rising significance. The ability to cooperate well with other groups will not only define us as people, but define our ability to pass laws, build infrastructure, and problem-solve as a nation. Thus, the role of pluralism is crucial to the success of today’s and tomorrow’s world.

Empowering minority groups to adequately gain equal access to programs and resources is a critical part of pluralism. Healthy and resilient communities need to provide all community members with access to resources and programs that build communal and individual knowledge of the best and most effective ways to create desired change.

Unlike the limited form of pluralism reflected in the ecumenical vision of pluralism, the conception of pluralism Eck advocates can accommodate those with exclusivist truth claims. This latter form of pluralism asks individuals with such truth claims to display mutual respect for conflicting worldviews not by abandoning the exclusivity of their truth claims, but rather by acknowledging that the reasoning they find sufficient for their beliefs may not be sufficient for others. Including this conception of pluralism as civic norm for negotiating conflicting worldviews and religious beliefs adds additional dimension to the framework of free expression and civil discourse.

Nonetheless, by discouraging certain perspectives on the issue, the norm of pluralism raises the paradox of toleration: a tolerant society can survive only if it is intolerant of some beliefs (Stolzenberg, 1993; Macedo, 2000; Spinner-Halev, 2000). The norm of pluralism, however, maximizes tolerance consistent with the mutual respect required in such a society (Thiemann, 1996; Connolly, 2005).

The logic of pluralism was not one of incorporation, but of genuine encounter, an encounter that recognizes difference, that does not elide differences into a “we” that is already known.

The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, Issue 17, Summer 2015

Pluralism is our reality. In our hierarchy of loyalties, let’s think above personal and tribal differences and enshrine our central tie, the allegiance and affinity that matters most: the bond of belonging to the human family.

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation

Our differences pervade our beliefs, preferences, and allegiances. They affect not only what we think, but also how we think, and how we see the world. The philosopher John Rawls called it the “fact of pluralism”—the recognition that we live in a society of “a plurality of conflicting, and indeed incommensurable, conceptions of the meaning, value and purpose of human life.”

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference

For Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, RCRC’s Director of Spiritual Care and Activism, pluralism is associated above all with compassion. “To be compassionate requires decentering or stepping outside one’s own experiences in order to give priority to the experiences of others,” Jackson said. This task is more challenging, she added, for those who “are part of any privileged hegemony” because of “a limitation of experience and exposure.”

Christianity represents one of these hegemonies, said Jackson. “For interfaith dialogues to be healthy and viable, now is a critical time for atheist perspectives to be included,” she said, adding: “The path to social harmony and national unity is paved by compassion for and a genuine valuing of the stranger, those whose beliefs, practices, and so on, are different from those in the social, religious or political majority.”

Jeremy Forest Price, who is involved in interfaith work, agrees with Jackson on the importance of clear-eyed honesty regarding power dynamics and the importance of representation. “An emphasis on pluralism will help open up the discussion around religion (and worldviews, spiritualities, and the absence of religion) so that we can trace the ways that specific religious ideologies influence our shared public spaces,” he said.

The only way to save democracy from the Christian Right is by fighting for pluralism – The Conversationalist

Both Will and I have come to spend less time thinking about what might be the correct or optimal political philosophy and more time thinking about the workaday challenges of pluralism and democracy: how people of different cultures, ethnicities, genders, beliefs, and personalities, whose disagreements and conflicts are unlikely ever to be entirely resolved, can live together in relative peace.

Synthesis. Insofar as there is a retreat from ideology, it begins there.

Volts podcast: Will Wilkinson on libertarianism, pluralism, and America’s political crisis – Volts

“It is in doing the work that we discover what we have in common,” he said, noting that the work itself leads to an appreciation of our differences.

The only way to save democracy from the Christian Right is by fighting for pluralism – The Conversationalist

Practicing pluralism is harm reduction and triage. Practicing pluralism is recognizing and reducing minority stress and designing for the edges.

A rainbow doesn't choose to be a rainbow
It just shines in the sky

To all of you in darkness
We're here turning on the light

Now I stand with you for the world to see
My love, my dreams, and me
My love, my dreams, and me

-- Rainbow Connections
Hostility is not the road
The proper basic human code
Chauvinist intolerance is what we loathe
Let's embrace diversity
By first rejecting bigotry
There’s no more room left in society for animosity

We refuse to look away
And ignore issues at bay
We will conquer the hurdles in our way (We are warriors)
(We are warriors)
We won't take shit anymore
A pebble cuts right to the core
All these excuses, what are they for? (We are warriors)
We are warriors

We are warriors
We are warriors
We are warriors
We are warriors
We are warriors

--Warriors by Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Let’s organize our lives around love and care.

Mission

We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.

We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.

Creed

I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.

Covenant

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

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Philosophy

We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.

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Interdependence

It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.

The many forms of difference. Adaptive Behavior Assessment (ABAS-3), Adult ADHD Self-report Scale (ASRS-v1.1), and Behavior Rating Inventory Executive Function (BRIEF 2) forms spread across a wooden table

Edges

Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassion are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.

Let's organize our lives around love and care
Let's write each other letters and call it prayer
Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere
At the temple of broken dreams
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#ActuallyAutistic parent and retired tech worker. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they

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