VideoGameCritic wrote:As a general rule I don't discuss religion or politics with friends. That's how I KEEP my friends!
I honestly wish that was more of an option around here. People bring it up out of nowhere out here. Completely no warning either. I help my wife run a thrift store and you'll say something like "Weather is really nice" and the response will be "Well obviously because global warming is a hoax." In the 8 years I've been out here now I have a lot of examples. As a liberal I also have long since learned to just smile and say, "Oh yeah?" and try to change the subject.
There is even some traveling evangelist groups that set up in a field every year, we have a former employee that had MS. She was super tight lipped about it and also an Atheist. This group came into the store several times to 'pray for her' and crap like that.
Back in the big city, and in my online gaming group, (Pen and Paper RP, things like DnD and Zombies) there is more of a spectrum. Most of the group is from the south, so needless to say they don't see eye to eye with me on everything, but it isn't any kind of deal breaker on either end. They like guns, I don't. Move on. Out here that is a literal 'screw you' to someone. "Oh you don't like guns? Well you can come get them over my dead body you dirty liberal" etc.
Sorry, bit of a rant here. But yeah, I genuinely miss having couch friends you could play a game with, and unfortunately I feel like in the small town that I live in it is practically impossible given how extreme the culture has become.