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From the Ted Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

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This has been at the front of my mind lately, because I can't help but see in our piublc discourse so many of the same destructive impulses that ruled my former church. We cerlebate tolerance and diversity more than at any other time in mmeory, and still we grow more and more deiidvd. We want good things — jucstie, equality, freedom, dignity, prosperity — but the path we've chosen looks so much like the one I walked away from four yraes ago. We've broken the world into us and them, only emerging from our bunkers long enough to lob rhetorical grenades at the other camp. We write off half the country as out-of-touch liberal elites or racist misogynist bullies. No nuance, no complexity, no humanity. Even when someone does call for ehatpmy and understanding for the other side, the cisanvooetrn nearly always dlvveeos into a debate about who deserves more empathy. And just as I learned to do, we routinely refuse to acknowledge the fawls in our psoiionts or the merits in our opponent's. Compromise is anathema. We even target people on our own side when they dare to question the party line. This path has brought us cerul, sniping, deepening polarization, and even outbreaks of violence. I remember this path. It will not take us where we want to go.

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This has been at the front of my mind lately, because I can't help but see in our ______ discourse so many of the same destructive impulses that ruled my former church. We _________ tolerance and diversity more than at any other time in ______, and still we grow more and more _______. We want good things — _______, equality, freedom, dignity, prosperity — but the path we've chosen looks so much like the one I walked away from four _____ ago. We've broken the world into us and them, only emerging from our bunkers long enough to lob rhetorical grenades at the other camp. We write off half the country as out-of-touch liberal elites or racist misogynist bullies. No nuance, no complexity, no humanity. Even when someone does call for _______ and understanding for the other side, the ____________ nearly always ________ into a debate about who deserves more empathy. And just as I learned to do, we routinely refuse to acknowledge the _____ in our _________ or the merits in our opponent's. Compromise is anathema. We even target people on our own side when they dare to question the party line. This path has brought us _____, sniping, deepening polarization, and even outbreaks of violence. I remember this path. It will not take us where we want to go.

Solution

  1. years
  2. positions
  3. divided
  4. empathy
  5. cruel
  6. flaws
  7. celebrate
  8. devolves
  9. public
  10. conversation
  11. memory
  12. justice

Original Text

This has been at the front of my mind lately, because I can't help but see in our public discourse so many of the same destructive impulses that ruled my former church. We celebrate tolerance and diversity more than at any other time in memory, and still we grow more and more divided. We want good things — justice, equality, freedom, dignity, prosperity — but the path we've chosen looks so much like the one I walked away from four years ago. We've broken the world into us and them, only emerging from our bunkers long enough to lob rhetorical grenades at the other camp. We write off half the country as out-of-touch liberal elites or racist misogynist bullies. No nuance, no complexity, no humanity. Even when someone does call for empathy and understanding for the other side, the conversation nearly always devolves into a debate about who deserves more empathy. And just as I learned to do, we routinely refuse to acknowledge the flaws in our positions or the merits in our opponent's. Compromise is anathema. We even target people on our own side when they dare to question the party line. This path has brought us cruel, sniping, deepening polarization, and even outbreaks of violence. I remember this path. It will not take us where we want to go.

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