Luke Hatfield: “I had to say, ‘I’m sorry' ... That wasn’t moving any kind of dialogue forward. That wasn’t accomplishing anything except hurting her.”
Luke Hatfield: “I had to say, ‘I’m sorry' ... That wasn’t moving any kind of dialogue forward. That wasn’t accomplishing anything except hurting her.”

   When discussing kneeling football players with his mother-in-law, Luke Hatfield answered one of her arguments with, “Where’d you get that, FOX News?”

   The campus minister with His House Christian Fellowship now characterizes his comment as “cruel, uncaring and a dig I knew would hurt.”

   She later told her son-in-law that he hurt her.

   “I had to say, ‘I’m sorry ...’” Hatfield said. “That wasn’t moving any kind of dialogue forward. That wasn’t accomplishing anything except hurting her.”

   Hatfield was one of four panelists at a Ripon College forum last week on maintaining civility in the face of polarization.

   Moderator and Ripon College religion professor Brian Smith asked each of the panelists, all associated with churches, to describe an instance when they dealt with the damaging effects of polarizing conversations.

   Read more about the conversation in the Nov. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.