How ideologically pure must a person or group be before you can work with them? How should we (if we indeed should) get over our differences to work together toward shared goals?
Let's talk about all the people and groups we can't work with.
Today is National Doughnut Day in the US. The day was first rolled out as a Salvation Army fundraiser day to support victims of the Great Depression.
The Salvation Army gets flak from progressives for their practice and statements regarding the QUILTBAG community. (Extensive reporting on that story here – please read if you're going to talk about the Salvos in particular.) Groups and individuals from the left and the right refuse to endorse or work alongside Salvation Army folks due to objections to the SA's practices and beliefs.
The SA has also gotten a lot of heat from conservative Christians for not being conservative enough in their theology or practice.
The Salvation Army isn't an outlier in facing rejection from multiple sides for being impure in thought or deed. I worry that we, as a multinational culture, might be getting really bad about working with people we don't agree with, even towards ends that we do agree with. Or at least, I worry that I personally and groups I work with are getting bad at it.
What are good ways to work together toward a shared goal, even if the motives aren't shared?
Is this the problem that I think it is?