To my Republican friends: I love you.
To my Democratic friends: I love you.
To my Libertarian friends: I love you (and I want you to know that it is of my own free will)
To my atheist friends: I love you (and yes, I do think you have a moral center and some valuable ideas - many)
To my Christian friends: I love you, but some of you need to act a little more like Jesus. And some of you are so much like Him that you put me to shame. But you really are family and I need to act a lot more like Him too - and because we are family, we can talk tough love with each other.
To my Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, New Age, and everything else friends - I love you. And some of you teach me a few things about how to be a better Jesus-follower.
I love my friends here and in 3-D.
It really does not matter whether or not we agree on anything. If we can make this kind of "meeting" of differing minds work here, maybe Congress could try it. No one ever has to give up their convictions in order to love and respect and even, like people with entirely different views. Respect for others does not mean you reject what you believe. It means you are confident enough in what you believe not to be threatened.
So, be free to share freely. I am and I will. What a wonderful opportunity we have to understand each other better and share our deepest beliefs.