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Letter: People from both parties need to be more tolerant

People from both parties need to be more tolerant

We are seeing a lot of calls for love and tolerance since the election and inauguration of President Trump. There are even lawn signs and bumper stickers proclaiming “Love Trumps Hate.” But I don’t see much actual love and tolerance anywhere. Liberal universities are banning conservative speakers from appearing at campus events. And I know of a Christian conservative who describes himself as a Trump-hater hater. That doesn’t sound much like Jesus to me. Love and tolerance doesn’t amount to much if it only applies to those we agree with!

When I was growing up many years ago, we were taught to believe and follow the following principle: “I may not agree with you, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” This has been replaced in our times with: “I disagree with you and I’ll do everything I can to stop you from saying it.”

True love and tolerance reach not only to those we agree with, but also to those holding opposite viewpoints from ours. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to reach out to people on the other side of the political/philosophical spectrum. Find out why they feel the way they do. They are human beings just like you are. Once we get to know our “enemy,” we often find that they are not that different from ourselves. Then maybe we can see some real love and tolerance in this country of ours.

Daniel Brawdy

Amherst

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