Saturday, June 12, 2021

"Catholic and Protestant concord became possible as believers learned to take one another’s ideas seriously without papering over real disagreements. Sometimes our political enemies are, indeed, uninformed, hopeless bigots. But often they are confused and scared mortals grasping for a faith."

 Molly Worthen writes:

We have transformed political hatreds into a form of idolatry. A team of researchers analyzed a range of survey data and concluded that “out-party hate” now seems to shape American voting decisions more than race or religion do. “The foundational metaphor for political sectarianism is religion,” the researchers wrote in the journal Science last fall, based on “the moral correctness and superiority of one’s sect.” Political hatred has become Americans’ animating faith, a chief source of existential meaning.

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