BORN OUT OF CRISIS
Having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic [and] as wicked.
—PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON, INAUGURAL ADDRESS, 18011
IF WE DESTROY our civic environment, we become, as President Abraham Lincoln warned, “a house divided.” The Bible is clear about what happens next: “Every city or house divided against itself cannot stand.”2
In response to this internal threat, American citizens, as we have seen in part 1, are taking action. The men and women ...