West Michigan may be separated from Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., by hundreds of miles — but television, the Internet and radio have put events in these communities in our backyard in recent months.
People often stubbornly believe in things that are partially true, completely false, beneficial for very few, or even harmful to most. This can result in government actions and policies that leave some or even a majority worse off.
As some readers may remember, I served as a panelist on the community conversation about the Dewey Hill cross, hosted by the Grand Haven Tribune on Oct. 15. It was my hope to engage in a lively and meaningful discussion about the tension between religious freedoms and the government’s role in accommodating their public expression.