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Lessons from ex-Westboro Baptist Member

I saw TED Talk recently featuring Megan Phelps-Roper. It was eye opening, heart opening and honest. I shared this on my Facebook page. I found most comments to be encouraging, suggesting that we have to find a better way to understand our differences and embrace those differences to make our world better.

One individual embraced the concept and then said, "example in point, anyone who still supports trump and republicans. after everything and despite everything." I Informed her that I am a conservative and support the Republican party and quickly labeled me, accused me of hurting the poor and vulnerable in our communities.

I thought to myself, did she even watch the video? The video spoke of opening your mind to differing views and finding ways to work together. To gain a better understanding of others. More importantly to not label people as bad people just because they view things differently. Our political world is s bastion of hate and discourse. It is time to change that. It is time for all of us to find common ground and work together.