America has always been more “un-united” than “United” during my lifetime: campus unrest over the Vietnam War; the divisive Civil Rights struggle, deadly race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and, while no one died, the 2016 election revealed just how un-united our States had become. And now a new word has been added to our cultural lexicon: Charlottesville..
Deep divisions are nothing new. Here’s one of my newspaper columns from the very contentious election of 2004.
Pundits are claiming that our country is “polarized” to Civil War proportions over moral, fiscal and political issues. Part of the problem maybe that many of the issues that polarize us as a country are religion-based. And whenever the “God card” is played, the stakes are suddenly raised to the Third Heaven! [Continue reading]