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According to the dictionary, “rhetoric” is language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience. A more recent nuance indicated that rhetoric is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.
There seems to be a lot of campaign ‘rhetoric’ these days, particularly hate rhetoric for those who may disagree with the speaker.
Which brings me to a phone call I received from a reader recently. She had been horrified to realize one day just how far she had been sucked into the ‘hate rhetoric’ against Muslims. “I found myself agreeing with the speaker,” she told me. “And then I read your book, and I felt as if my humanity had been restored. Muslims are people–ordinary people like you and me, with families and dreams.”
Well, she inspired me to resume my blog postings–if for no other reason than to push back against the “rhetoric” that pervades the current campaign.

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