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I am conservative...but honestly haven't been to political until recently. I now am looking more at peoples political and religious views more than I have when I was younger, not to weed people out, but to know what to talk about and what not to bring up.
I am extremely open minded though and I can be friends with pretty much anyone...so I was wondering

Do you think it's hard to be friend's with someone of a different political or religious view? Examples: An extreme liberal being friends with a extreme conservative? Or an atheist and a Catholic?

  • Yes, it is hard for me to be friends with someone with total opposite views than mine, so I keep friends more like me.

    16%
  • Sometimes, but have learned not to talk about those subjects with people I know who have different views than me. I'm too much of a people person for petty differences!.

    47%
  • No, religion and politics aren't important to me.

    12%
  • Haven't come across that problem yet.

    12%
  • Other

    10%
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RockinMama...
Submitted by at 4:32 PM on Dec. 29, 2008
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Do you think it's hard to be friend's with someone of a different political or religious view? Examples: An extreme liberal being friends with a extreme conservative? Or an atheist and a Catholic?

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RockinMama...
Submitted by at 4:32 PM on Dec. 29, 2008
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  • beeky
    Submitted by   at 5:06 PM on December 29, 2008

    I'm an atheist and have many religious friends.  My very best friend of 30 years is a christian.

  • SabrinaMBo...
    Submitted by   at 5:57 PM on December 29, 2008

    I am married to a Christian... I'm pagan... So, no prob!

  • stvmen88
    Submitted by   at 6:12 PM on December 29, 2008

    Nope,I have many friends who are of different religious and political beliefs from me,and we've been friends for years. It's all in how you relate to one another,and we've just learned what subjects to not discuss. Never been a problem. At least not in real life.

  • ktslittlef...
    Submitted by   at 6:52 PM on December 29, 2008

    I voted other. I don't find it difficult to be friends with people who are not Christian or have a different political view; however my faith and politics are important to me.

  • eringobrou...
    Submitted by   at 12:43 PM on December 30, 2008

    I'm a Catholic Christian and have friends of many different faiths (and with not religous faith at all). I can even discuss religion and politics with some of them because we can be respectful of each other's beliefs even if we don't agree with them. Personally I find this helps strength my understanding of my faith. But for most of them it's easier just to avoid controversal topics all together.

  • Freela
    Submitted by   at 2:24 PM on December 30, 2008

    My dh and I have different beliefs (both religion and politics) and we get along fine. I also have friends with different beliefs and it is not an issue. I think that the key is mutual respect... I have to respect their views and not seek to 'convert' them and they have to treat me with the same respect. Anyone who was aggressively trying to change my beliefs would not be my friend for long... but that would not be because their views were different, it would be because they did not respect my right to believe differently.

  • RockinMama...
    Submitted by   at 3:26 PM on December 30, 2008

    "but that would not be because their views were different, it would be because they did not respect my right to believe differently."

    very true!

  • BabyMommy_...
    Submitted by   at 8:30 PM on December 30, 2008

    I'm the only Catholic, and Republican I know besides family memebers. Most of my friends are liberal, and are either Hindu, Wiccan, 7th Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, or other Protestant religions.

    The problems occur when they insult me over my beliefs, and when they think that my disagreeing with them is a form of disrespect.

  • Laura1229
    Submitted by   at 10:39 PM on December 30, 2008

    When you're talking 'extremes', it's difficult (if not impossible) for ANY opposite extremists to be friends.

    In general, though -- no, don't have that problem personally. My best friends are Catholic & I'm Buddhist.

  • ObbyDobbie
    Submitted by   at 11:27 PM on December 30, 2008

    i'll just say this, i'm a very open minded person, and those things i dont agree with, i can agree to disagree about. within reason, every one has their limits.
    I'm an athiest, i live in SC (hopefully not for long), enough said.... if i could not get along with others simply because i found them to have completely anal retentive beliefs systems, i would be friendless, which actually isn't a bad place to be. makes you become completely introspective though...

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