Is It OK To End A Friendship Over Politics? (Care2)

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I’m still on the fence about this one, honestly, but I wrote about it for Care2:

Whatever the reason, people I didn’t even know had any political affiliations have come out of the woodwork to share their beliefs and, while their beliefs are being shared on Facebook, their opinions have permeated our real-life friendships. As someone who has always had very strong political views, I am finding that I vehemently disagree with many of my friends with whom I’ve never had so much as a tiny argument before. I’m finding that these disagreements are tainting our friendships, and making it difficult to spend time together or even chat over the phone because the discussion will, inevitably, shift toward the political.

What is a person to do when they find they disagree with their friends about politics? Do they give up a lifetime of friendship just because one is a Democrat and one is a Republican?

Check out the whole article here.

What do you think? Have you lost any friends this election season?

2 thoughts on “Is It OK To End A Friendship Over Politics? (Care2)

  1. Unfortunately, I feel that picking friends/family is a lot like picking a spouse. I couldn’t imagine not being able to air my true feelings about the world and/or politics to my spouse- the same goes for friends.I have “defriended” people who were super extreme in their beliefs- if they are opposite of mine. I hold myself to a high standard of activism and love for my fellow human being- and I want the people in my life to share that.

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