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Dear Jodi:
What is wrong with 'divisive'? If someone voices an opinion that differs from mine, I cherish it. I would not wish to drown the other in the bathtub. I don't see what makes it polarizing. Unless, to criticize one Christian stance from another Christian point of view breaks Christian unity beyond repair. As to the issues, we should never forget that we do elect our government and hold it accountable. If government checks go into the hands of the needy--so be it. If not: how can we stop that? I disagree, as you do, with the statement that those who want to keep government small are not compassionate. Unfortunately Ayn Rand has created this image. She wanted her views to be incompatible with Christian love. On the other hand, if charity and charitable work is left to individuals and to churches, who is controlling them?