Red States and Blue States

This American Life had a great show this week on relationships ruined by political views. While listening to stories of estranged families and ruined friendships because one person voted Romney or Obama I couldn’t help thinking how similar this sort of poison is to the way that religious disagreements infect relationships.

It is easier to just cut off those who really disagree with us.  We “agree to disagree” but that really means removing them from our lives. We’re stuck between either trying to aggressively convert people or simply cutting them off.  We don’t attempt to understand the position of the “other” and we don’t try to see how our own positions can appear to others.

We don’t need religion to divide us. We do a pretty good job of that without it. It’s just our way.

Here’s the show:

 

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