I just received a message from Jim Wallis. In my email box. He's calling me to sign a peace and civility pledge in the wake of the terrible shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Though I can get on board with the seven points of Wallis's pledge, I don't see this shooting as a result of incivility in public discourse, regardless of what Sarah Palin used as a graphic for "targeting" democrats (including Giffords).
Let's sign the pledge, but let's also acknowledge, with David Brooks, the role of mental illness, social isolation, and just plain old stupid senseless evil in the shooting.