“I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye amay be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?”
Are we only to love those who love us? Accept those who accept us? We’re all in the same boat, no matter what side of what proposition or debate. We’re all part of humanity, and we all have plenty of excuses to “fight hate with hate.” Does that mean we should?
Voting is part of the democratic process in our country. So are protests. Hate speech, incitement of violence, aggression, and vandalism are not.
It is not easy to hold onto a spirit of love, tolerance, and a desire to understand the fears and hopes behind any action that appears to be “hateful.” But we should. We have to.