#LoveThyNeighbor(No Exceptions) is the new campaign from the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
In these days of widespread turmoil, #LoveThyNeighbor is intended to shift the narrative away from looking for “others” to blame, and remind us all that we are in this together. Our way forward is to rebuild our communities, reconnect with one another and the Earth.
The new Republican administration is attempting to use fear to divide us for many reasons.
Multiple groups of “others” are being targeted.
The new watch word from this administration is “safety”. Authoritarian governments always use fear and safety to justify taking away civil liberties.
We must work to show that the way forward, the way to true safety, is to embrace everyone. Divisions will only add to distrust and fear.
I think it is interesting that the hashtag/slogan uses the word THY. Perhaps this helps bring a bit of spiritual focus.
I have been having increasingly difficult conversations with a politically conservative friend who supports the current Republican administration. He always tries to frame the discussions in terms of the impact on himself, especially related to how the issue affects “safety”.
The only times I have been able to get him to consider anything I try to say is when I bring up the principles we live for. #LoveThyNeighbor is a great way to keep the attention where it needs to be.