Study Shows Promise of Interfaith Friendships on College Campuses

Friendship, a concept that is often innocuous, has been an unexpectedly hot-button issue this past week, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush's public outing to a football game. Friendships across significant differences, such as between activist Ann Atwater and noted Klansman C.P. Ellis (subject of the controversial new film The Best of Enemies) or the inter-political marriage between James Carville and Mary Matalin, have a tendency to draw ire and criticism. However, new research on college students reveals that across religious lines, diverse friendships can have positive effects.

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