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Posted by Your Evil Friend , May 07 2013 · 30 views

So I had a friend. I just want to say right here, right now it is no one from this forum. Anyway, I have just found out that his opinions vary very different from mine. Im not sure if I know what to do. I mean he is a nice guy but we have very different views of some matters. I have always had very close friends that have different views than me before and I get along with them fine. We even discuss them and I get to understand them a bit more. but this guy really seems to beleive this stuff really strongly. I need some advice. What would you do in a situation like this?

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thebeggerpie
May 07 2013 05:07 PM

Are you going to let the difference of opinions dictate your friendships?

 

  Don't focus on what you are different about, focus on what you both like together. 

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Your Evil Friend
May 07 2013 05:11 PM

Sounds easy when you put it like that and maybe it is. Its just what he's against affects me very close to home. In short hes against different races dating. Seeing as my Mum is seeing a black guy it kind of really annoys me and also one of my best friends is black and he dates a white girl. Heck, he did say sorry for hurting me and I accepted it. Its just a little heart breaking. Still, I guess Ill sleep on it. Thanks for the reply though man.

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Jenny Quantum
May 07 2013 06:11 PM

It doesn't matter if what he believes in is opposed to your own beliefs, what matters is if he is a good friend and doesn't oppress his own opinions on you or discriminate you based on your beliefs.

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Your Evil Friend
May 07 2013 06:16 PM

What about if he discriminates people I care about? Am I supposed to be okay with that?

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thebeggerpie
May 07 2013 07:01 PM

What about if he discriminates people I care about? Am I supposed to be okay with that?

No. 

 

 You tell him right out that you don't like his views, but you like him as a friend. And if he continues to voice his views like that, we can't be friends. 

 

 Sometimes you just gotta burn that bridge. 

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Canis Lycaon
May 07 2013 07:02 PM

Well, discrimination isn't a simple matter of differing opinions. Racism is racism, and it's bad. I have some very good friends of the opposite political party that I am on, and we don't care about. (Of course, during campaigning it's different, but those are friendly arguments.)

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Your Evil Friend
May 07 2013 07:06 PM

What about if he discriminates people I care about? Am I supposed to be okay with that?

No. 

 

 You tell him right out that you don't like his views, but you like him as a friend. And if he continues to voice his views like that, we can't be friends. 

 

 Sometimes you just gotta burn that bridge. 

Beleive me I have. I think Im shocked because it kind of came out of no where. I want to actually ask him why he thinks that way. I have actually changed or at least refined some views of my friends that way. I think there is a lot of blind hatred in people and they forget the reason why they hate them which is often non-exsistant.

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Sorry to hear that. 

 

I would advise not allowing this difference of opinion get to you, unless he is actively insulting or hurting your other relatives/friends with a different view. In the case of the latter, you're going to have to stick up for yourself and end the friendship. Be respectful about it. 

 

I would also suggest talking to an adult you trust who is not involved in this issue. It's valuable to get a wise and unbiased third opinion. 

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Your Evil Friend
May 08 2013 04:56 PM

Yeah, we have made up. Thanks guys for your advice though

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