Isn't it funny how religion and politics can so easily get in the way of friendships? I think it's the way that these things are so personal to us. Someone with a differing view isn't just rejecting our view, they are rejecting us personally. Or at least that's how it often feels. Somehow we need to learn to respect each other's beliefs and to not take a difference of opinion as a rejection of ourselves. This is, of course, easier written than done, but still a goal worthy of striving for.