Civility in Politics Online
Although many use politics to divide people, the Knights of Columbus, with our Nonpartisan National Get Out The Vote Program, maintains that faithful citizenship can be practiced toward a goal of unity.
As Election Day approaches, it is important that every knight be a pillar of civility, especially on social media, which sometimes seems like a “no holds barred” arena. Be gracious and charitable when using social media to discuss political issues. Rather than attacking a candidate or political party, share resources to guide others in their faithful citizenship. Refrain from engaging with people who leave inflammatory or impolite comments on your council’s Facebook Page.
Certainly, every brother knight is called to faithful citizenship—to live out our Catholic faith in our public lives as well as our private lives. Voting is one important way to carry out this duty. However, building a spirit of civility and charity should always inform your council’s presence on social media.
Knightline, November 2016