Civil when convenient
Pastor Rick Warren recently appeared on the TV talk show of CNN's Piers Morgan to discuss, amongst other topics, the Word of God (aka the Holy Bible). Showing his "progressive" leanings, Morgan suggested that the Bible be amended much like we've amended the Constitution of the United States over the years (Morgan specifically referred to the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality). Despite amending the Word of God being an utterly foolish notion, Pastor Warren maintains his composure and gently dispels Morgan's suggestion.
Pastor Warren would eventually go on to say that, despite a difference of opinion and ideas, we need "this kind of talk." That is a notion Morgan supported, evidenced by the following sentiment:
"The debate should always be respectful. It's the moment - and by the way, it applies to politics, too. The moment it becomes disrespectful and discourteous and then rude and then poisonous, you never achieve anything."
That's spot on, Mr. Morgan!
With that in mind, perhaps you could emphasize that deeply held belief of yours to the rude, condescending and pompous arse who recently interviewed Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.