Contributed by Liza Watson.
Don’t argue. Arguing will only reinforce “their” position and set up defensiveness. Instead, use a personal experience that diffuses the fire.
Someone says, “Evolution is just a theory.”
Say This: I loved watching the super blood wolf moon eclipse in January. I was glad that theory let astronomers predict it, so I could go out on that cold night to witness it.
Not this: Evolution is not just a theory. It is a concept with probability on its side.
Someone says, “Government should get out of our lives.”
Say This: The National Weather Service forecasts saved my family members from California mudslides and Houston hurricanes.
Not This: If you think government should get out of our lives, then you should believe it should bug off about my reproductive rights.
Someone says, “Don’t take away my guns. I have a right to them.”
Say this: I watched an old western about Tombstone AZ – Marshall Earp required visitors to disarm when they came into town. It was the town law.
Not this: More people with guns makes me less safe, not more safe.