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  •  Give it some time... (6+ / 0-)

    I hope she comes around.

    Living in the South, I have dear friends who are hunters, evangelical Christians, birthers, pro-lifers, and at least one who is a bona fide Gun Nut.  They know I'm an atheist vegetarian Obama-voting Yankee, but we share other common interests and have the mutual respect not to "go there."

    That said, it's a balancing act.  You are not an idiot -- it sounds like you just didn't see your friend's reaction coming.  It worries me all the time that the same thing will happen with someone I think is otherwise awesome.  Again, I hope you and your friend are able to reconcile.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:31:12 PM PST

    •  Wow I give you credit as I could never have (5+ / 0-)

      enough in common with a birther as I draw that line at that level of crazy..but i could be wrong.

      I also have decided, as has my sister and husband, to end relationships with haters, bigots and racists and we have never felt better about any decision we ever made in our lives. It has been so freeing and so wonderful and peaceful.

      Being around crazies and bigots and nuts....causes me more stress than it does pleasure..by a long mile. But then I am getting older too and have health problems which absolutely require me and my husband to lessen our stress level considerably.

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      by wishingwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:22:55 PM PST

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      •  It's definitely (4+ / 0-)

        a case-by-case basis.  I am on the verge of going no-contact with my own wingnut parents simply because they refuse to respect my boundaries.  Every week without a phone call is a good week for my stress level -- they're that bad.  

        OTOH, my gun nut friend and I bonded over dogs and gardening, and my birther friend is a master woodworker and artist.  I don't tolerate bigotry or racism, but I do try to build bridges with conservatives whenever possible.  Yes, I'm a hopeless idealist.

         I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by SteelerGrrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:14:30 PM PST

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