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I think the answer is to NOT react out of fear. Avoid the knee jerk reaction and enter into a conversation. You never know, you might just learn something, and so might 'the other'. Weather your talking right vs. left, atheism vs. theism, fundamentalist vs. progressive, I think the true answer is conversation (and maybe 3 cups of tea). We have nothing to fear but fear itself. As I get older, my feathers get ruffled less and less by difference of viewpoint. Not that I don't have opinions. I just know more who I am and need less of a crowd to feel comfortable with that. I'm willing to have a conversation with anyone about my beliefs & how I got there. I'd encourrage discussion & dialogue all around.