The specter of fear raises its head in our religious and political discourse.

Political parties and religious groups demonize each other and appeal to the reptilian fears of human nature. Meanwhile the common good is ignored and any act of compromise is considered traitorous.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyred pastor, once remarked that foolishness can be more dangerous than evil for at least evil can be unmasked. Folly, on the other hand, is impervious to argument and reason. Those who succumb to folly are quick to dismiss the facts or truths that are inconvenient.

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