Can You Defend Religious Liberty and Gay Rights?

A video from the Iowa State Fair went viral last week, but the headline on the share you may have seen on Facebook depended on whether your “friends’ trend left or right. If your feed is generally liberal, your introduction to a “debate” carried on across a pork barbecue read something like, “Actress Ellen Page exposes Ted Cruz’s bigotry.” If it trends conservative, it read something like, “Watch Ted Cruz School Clueless Actress.” The fact that both sets of readers probably think the headline they read was accurate tells us a lot about the bifurcated nature of American politics these days. Liberals and conservatives don’t generally watch/listen/read the same media. When they actually do view the same material, they interpret it differently. The problem that the Cruz-Page encounter illustrates is that religious conservatives and liberals don’t merely disagree; they aren’t listening to each other even when they speak. Nor does there seem much appetite for finding common ground even when the opportunity to do so is obvious.

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Can You Defend Religious Liberty and Gay Rights?

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