The Civility Project, a two-year bipartisan attempt to get politicians and others to respect one another, is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.

“You three were alone in pledging to be civil,” Christian publicist Mark DeMoss wrote in a Jan. 3 letter announcing an end to the two-year project. “I must admit to scratching my head as to why only three members of Congress, and no governors, would agree to what I believe is
a rather low bar.”

The three who had agreed were Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.

The announcement comes at a time when politicians, clergy and commentators have stressed the need for civility following Saturday’s (Jan. 8) deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz., which left six people dead and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.

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