I just discovered that one of my Facebook "friends" supports Proposition 8 and is against equal rights for all. I can't imagine myself being friends, virtual or otherwise, with somebody who actively favors discrimination. (This person belongs to not one, but two!, pro-Prop 8 Facebook groups.) I don't really keep up with Facebook all that much, so this issue is more symbolic than anything else. What should I do? Keep this person on my friends list, or remove this person quickly and go on a Facebook witch hunt for other wayward "friends?" Yes, I really intellectually agonize over such things.
Tangentially related to all this is something I wrote elsewhere in the blogosphere, "I've considered doing all I can to be accepting of other people's opinions, but after a while I realized no one in their right mind would ever expect a neo-Nazi and Jew to hang out or a KKK member and a black person to have a pleasant discussion. I'm never going to sway someone who spews hate speech in the guise of friendly discourse anyway, so I'm not going to waste my time playing nice with them. There are better men than I who can. I'm not there yet. I've faced too much discrimination in my life—overt and subtle—not to be at least a bit agitated."
So, dear readers, I'm agitated. But are there indirect benefits of me keeping this "friend" on Facebook?