I was recently messaged on Facebook by a longtime liberal friend of mine. I had known him long before I became a conservative activist, and he had not seen how I had grown until he chose to look through my Facebook page. Disgusted after seeing pictures of Ronald Reagan and other conservative posts, he felt the need to tell me, “I am so disappointed in you. You have become a bigot and I can no longer associate myself with you.”

I tried to reason with him and find out what exactly had bothered him, but he refused to specify. Instead he told me, “If you don’t see how you have become bigoted, then there is no point in trying to show you. I’m done.” As a journalist, I pride myself on a self-imposed regimen of carefully and extensively researching to ensure unbiased and professional writing. Additionally, having come from a multicultural background myself, I knew that there was nothing in my feed that could have offended him. We both knew that, and that was why he refused to have a discussion.

That was when I realized what he was doing: this man was trying to peer pressure me into renouncing my beliefs.

My friend had fallen prey to the liberal movement. Of course, not all liberals are this incorrigible, but I have met far too many. For those that are like this, the minute they hear a contradicting idea, their minds immediately go into panic mode. They lose their ability to expand their mind, and resort to accusations of bigotry to prevent themselves from realizing they are wrong.

These people who preach diversity all over our college campuses refuse to acknowledge the one type of diversity that really matters: intellectual diversity. That is why so many liberals today now advocate for safe spaces and speech codes. If anyone was to correct the brainwashing that had been done, politicians would lose their power to control the masses. The entire situation today bears a frightening resemblance to the book 1984.

Having a friend who disagrees with your political views is a situation that all conservatives have encountered. Because we have become so afraid of offending liberals, we refuse to share our own political views, and that is why we feel like there are less and less of us these days. I have been glad to brush off that notion. Being an activist has exposed many closet conservatives to me, and those have been some of the best friends I have made. That does not mean that I have lost all my liberal friends. While I did lose several of them, I realized that the ones that stayed with me were my true friends.

To all my fellow conservatives, if you have a friend that judges your character by your political views, they are misguided. You should not feel like you have to hide what you support. I am not a racist, I am not a sexist, and I am not homophobic. Conservatism does not support any kind of prejudice and neither do I. I am confident in my political beliefs because I have taken the time to validate the facts. If you have earned the right to this confidence, never let others talk down to you. You know that you are not prejudiced. If they will listen, explain to them why you support what you do. If they will not, then don’t let their intolerance ever bother you. If someone will not listen to you, then you have no reason to listen to them.