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I don't know that I've ever actually up and ended a friendship over it. But I've rejected men over politics, and I've definitely thought less of people once I learned their politics, and stopped working to be friends with them.

I have friends who have different opinions on things like health care. We just don't talk about it. But my really close friends, we agree on pretty much everything political. And I think this is because most of my politics are based on my values, which you kind of have to share to have a working friendship. I can disagree about things like tax policy or exactly what health care reform should look like, but I can't be friends with someone who is anti-choice, or actively homophobic or racist.

Date: 2009-10-30 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drdeadringer.livejournal.com
I've screened people out of my life based on what they say about various political issues, followed up by not pursuing them for friendship or more.

I've also "forgiven" people about certain believes they hold, and still have them as friends even though they have, say, selective racism or selective conservationism that don't quite agree with what I believe in. My motivation for keeping such people in my life is to either "balance out" other, more liberal, folks in my life and//or because the benefit to me of their friendship is greater than the negative influences of some of the views they have.


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