The current blend of racism and hate that has become a part of American political discourse can be traced back to before Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for President -- all the way to when he demanded President Barack Obama's birth certificate, claiming that he was not born in the United States and thus constitutionally disqualified.
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I genuinely believe that human beings wake up each morning wanting to be good people, to do the right thing. Some of us even have lofty - maybe even cliché - aspirations of leaving the world a better place than we found it. Which is why it is baffling to witness U.S. leaders callously turn away refugees.
I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.