In Defense of Niceness in Politics

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30,31 (ESV) I have studied this passage in multiple English translations. I have read it in the original Greek from the Alexandrian-type codex, the Byzantine Textus Receptus, and others. I cannot find footnotes, caveats, provisos, carve outs, or exceptions to the rule. We are supposed to love our neighbors whether they are black, white, gay, straight, transgendered, conservative, or progressive.

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