Abraham Lincoln quoted the Scriptures in an 1858 speech to the Illinois Republican Convention. He said, A house divided against itself cannot stand. That, I fear, is where diversity leads. If by that term we refer to love and tolerance for peoples who are different from one another, it has great validity for us. But if by diversity we mean that all of us have been given reason to resent one another. Having no common values, heritage, commitment, or hope, then we are a nation in serious trouble.

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