I like a little salt in my soup, but I do not like soup in my salt. The former makes the soup better, the latter ruins both. It may be that politics and religion have a similar relationship. It is a popular understanding that discussing religion and politics leads to trouble. This is an indication that we are good at posting silly dancing videos on Tik Tok, but woefully inadequate when it comes to discussing matters of most importance.

I do take some uncomfortable solace in the fact that we still have the capacity to get emotional when talking about them — it means that we care. If I had to choose between the way many behave now and apathy, I would take the bad behavior all day. Still don’t like it.

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