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Coeur d'Alene All Viewpoints Discussion

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Panera Bread

307 West Prairie Avenue

Hayden, ID 83835

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This is an in-person discussion group intended to bring people with varied political and philosophical beliefs together in friendly, respectful, and interesting conversation about current events, politics, and big ideas.

With the Internet, "Big Sort" mobility, and increasingly partisan leadership, there are a great many groups, forums, and platforms out there that cater to separate ideological niches. On the other hand, public communication between people with different viewpoints has become notably less common in the 21st century.

The hope for this group is to place differences of opinion and belief within the greater context of our real human community rather than in "walled gardens" and "echo chambers." It is not presumed that all viewpoints will be reconciled or that all differences will be resolved within this group. But by connecting an expressed sentiment with a genuine person rather than e.g. a pseudonymous Internet avatar, we hopefully can restore a certain level of civility, respect, and understanding to our dialogues about matters, even those about which we feel very passionate.

All viewpoints are welcome, but the observance of two simple rules is asked of all participants:
1. People express themselves respectfully and honestly.
2. People are respectful while listening to views with which they disagree.

By "respectful" we mean refraining from all personal insults and harassment, but not the censorship of any idea or belief simply because some people may find it offensive. As such, we encourage all participants to focus as much on the 2nd rule as the 1st and to be charitable and friendly towards all, regardless of viewpoint.

Sound like fun? Please join us for some truly interesting conversation!

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