I tweeted a couple of things that started a conversation about politics, abortion, and morality. Most recently, I tweeted about a Paul Ryan interview explaining how his abortion stance differs from Mitt Romney’s (though both are playing for the same team, on the same GOP platform calling for banning abortion without any exceptions). Worth checking out the link.
The night before, three of us had an interesting, tough-but-civilized three way conversation — me plus @droeckmann (Dirk Roeckman, publisher of a digital Amheric Bible) and @UniverseBends (Obery Hendricks, PhD, an author and professor at Columbia University; also an elder in the AME Church). I was watching an @MSNBC doc hour on Mitt Romney. The part that really caught my eye was a 2002 gubernatorial debate. Romney sputtered with passion and indignation when the late Tim Russert questioned his pro-choice bona fides, saying:
“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.”
That sparked a lot of conversation. We focused on the lack of a rape exception in the GOP platform, but the issue is much bigger.
The conversation between @droeckmann and @UniverseBends continued for another half-hour on Twitter, judging by my my “Mentions” column. I had gone to bed. But I consider this a very healthy twitter interaction… healthy disagreement vs. name-calling. I spend a lot of time listening to people I disagree with on Twitter, rather than just singing in the Amen chorus. I just like real dialogue. I hope we can foster more.