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By Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Americans want unity, inclusion, and a spirit of generosity–not hate, bigotry, and fear.
We cannot allow the politics of fear to drive our political discourse.
I issue a call to civility, and urge Americans to reject the divisive rhetoric of Republican Tea Party leaders like Judson Phillips; including calls for my defeat solely because of my religion.
I know that some don’t share my political views. This is OK. In America, we cherish our diversity of views. But an American’s religion is their own business and no one should be excluded based on considerations like religion, race, sex, etc.
Religious tolerance is a deeply rooted American value, and regardless of political persuasion, it’s a value we must protect.
We must rise above our worst impulses so that, as Americans, we can work together to confront the many serious challenges facing our nation.
We may have serious differences of opinion, and we should debate them, but scare tactics do nothing to put our people back to work and pave the road to a brighter future for all Americans.