Why the LBGT and Religious Community Both Feel Under Siege

The illusion of a shared culture can make empathy harder in the age of social media.

America has always been made up of far flung communities and hundreds of subcultures. More than ever before, we’re all in tangential contact with, and we’ve become potential targets of, nearly every other subculture.

That vulnerability could prompt us to increase our mistrust … or our empathy. The latter course would serve us better.

CONOR FRIEDERSDORF