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Friday, February 7, 2020

Loving Your Opponents in a Time of Polarization

If God was anywhere in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, it may have been at the Washington Hilton, where lawmakers from both sides had gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast. It was a morning of quiet reflection and humble worship in a city consumed by ego and partisan strife.  
Arthur Brooks delivered the sermon, and the conservative scholar begged the political congregation to take seriously “a national crisis of contempt and polarization.” He asked for a show of hands to make it personal: “How many of you love somebody with whom you disagree politically?”

Almost everyone raised their hands. ... “I’m going to round that off to 100 percent,” Brooks nervously quipped, suggesting that “the rest of you must be on your phones.”