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"When [presidential candidate Donald] Trump disparages women and people of different races and religions he dehumanizes them. He sends the message that some human beings are not as important as others. In the process he fails to recognize the Imago Dei in all of God’s human creation."

– John Fea, chair of the history department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., writing in "Why a Study of History is Essential for the Strength of Our Democracy" on Religion News Service.

"Sometimes we think we’re much better at trying to persuade others of our opinions than listening to theirs. When both sides persist in this intellectual egotism, the end is either shouting or the end of the conversation." 

– Rabbi Joel Abraham in "How to Play Nice During Election Season" on

The United Methodist Church officially opposes the death penalty: "We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings." (The Social Principles, Book of Discipline).

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