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Do you ever avoid talking about politics or religion with friends or family to avoid uncomfortable conversations?

Response Percent Votes
78% 746
21% 210
Total 956


jonas_opines 9 years, 7 months ago

Nah, not a problem. We don't generally discuss politics, but when it gets brought up we remain relatively equinanimous (sp?).

Chris Ogle 9 years, 7 months ago

ThanksgivingUncle Bill: "That Chick running for VP is hot"Cousin; " and the clothes she wears"Bills kid: " You can dip a cat turd in gold, but that don't make it jewelry"Grandpa: " I dreamed about her last night"Other Uncle Bill: " Man, it's gettin cold out here on the back porch."Bills Kid: " True that... wonder why we always have to eat back here?"

denak 9 years, 7 months ago

Family wise, it is a free for all. We talk (or scream) politics all the time. Not so much religion but if we did, it would probably be as loud as it is when we talk politics.Most of my friends are very opinionate also so we usually have good conversations.The only time I really hold my tongue is if I am talking to people at work. There are some people at work that I don't talk to about poltics or religions because they like to paint themselves as victims. And since one of them is a supervisor, I just keep quiet.Dena

Mike Blur 9 years, 7 months ago

Amongst friends, I talk about beer, chicks, sports and music, with very little political discussion. My brother is a politician and we have rip roaring discussions at times--but I generally softpedal those discussions because he hears about it all day, every day.

JackKats 9 years, 7 months ago

I can only imagine some of the posts on these blogs being shared at a Thanksgiving meal with the whole family. The free fall would begin at the prayer, I suppose.

labmonkey 9 years, 7 months ago

I have found that the best conversation starter with someone you first meet is "So, who do you think the one and only God a) wins the election or b) thinks about (pick an issue)." Religion and politics are great!!! jd said it best about not changing anyone's mind.

mom_of_three 9 years, 7 months ago

Yes, we avoid politics at family gatherings on my mom's side. Two democrats and a bunch of republicans who believe everything they hear. My dad's side doesn't care about politics.

davidsmom 9 years, 7 months ago

There is a trick to remaining good friends with someone who is polar opposite of you on these issues. You have to diplomatically avoid the contentious issues while finding common ground...and you can do the same with family. Unfortunately, some people like to intentionally say something they know will stir up heated discussions, but they can't really predict how ugly it will get.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 7 months ago

To me, it seems that there are those who egg on the discussion. They seem to want conflict. I try to avoid those people or move the conversation away. I'm not always successful. At a recent gathering of a hobby i love each fall, I was stunned to find myself politically alone with 13 other men. I said nothing and wondered why I was even in the group (non-political). But I remembered that I liked them outside of politics, and that saved me from leaving the group.

m_norman01 9 years, 7 months ago

We have a mixed family as far a poltics go. However we always get into heated discussions. As long as you respect the fact that everybody has a right to their own opinion, and should voice their opinion. Just remember how boring this country would be if we all had the same mid set (although we might not be in war with the wrong countries or be clost to a trillion $ is debit)!

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 7 months ago

If you don't like what I'm talking about just leave.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

I've always been ( more than ) a little incredulous when it comes to Western Christian imagery-you know, Jesus with a rippling torso and European features-so, one Christmas, I was chattin' religion with a much younger sister, and I simply asked her to draw me a picture of God. Well, she humbly declined, acknowledging her limited artistic skills, but she then proceeded to describe the iconic, big-man-in-the-sky with flowing white beard, and... before she could complete the picture, I received a sharp reprimand from my Southern Baptist Mother ( God love her ) for having even posed the question.

camper 9 years, 7 months ago

Well I try to egg on my mom who is very conservative. Her dad (my grandpa died at an early age), and some local Republicans helped them get by until my grandmother was able to start working in a cafateria to support the family. They also took in boarders. I'm sure it was a mix of Republicans and Democrats (and probably a few mobsters....considering it was Cicero Illinois). Mom also cannot get over the Clinton indiscretions, and I can't say I blame this fine woman, my mom, for thinking so. I can generally clear things up with mom by cleaning the dishes after we get done eating.With my dad (also a conservative) it is different tho. I generally try to bring up the relatively few points I agree with him on. If things go sour, I change the subject to a thing my old man ( I say that respectively) beats me at time and time again when I visit. Golf.If ever I am unsure that any bad feelings linger, I know they are gone when the dishes are clean and we pop in the movie "Dumb and Dumber" (or sometimes any Peter Sellers movie) and me and my brothers and sisters-in-laws all laugh our heads off. I'm not sure my folks get all the jokes. I just think they are glad we can all laugh.Holidays from our dysfunctional family. God I love them.

Calliope877 9 years, 7 months ago

My friends share the same political views as I do. My family...not so much.

jd 9 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely. You won't convince them and they won't convince you, so what's the point?

jonas_opines 9 years, 7 months ago

autie, I think you might be on the wrong thread for that last one, unless there are new players in the election that I haven't heard about.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

"good night sweet heart, good night",;-DFunny, autie, I was turning that recollection over in my mind just this afternoon. I'd made the post in advance of gender revelation ( i.e., yours ) - which, as Multi has noted, is a tribute to your online expressed personality.

mom_of_three 9 years, 7 months ago

During Labor Day, my family of Republicans was talking poitics and I was just being quiet, until hubby mentioned, for some reason I was voting Democrat. Then my Air Force Captain life long Republican husband mentioned he just registered as a democrat. I thought I was going to be ridden out on a rail. I avoid the subject with my mother, while she sends me Republican retoric emails.

sdinges 9 years, 7 months ago

I am able to have respectful conversations with my friends and family from opposing viewpoints all the time. I avoid abortion - that topic never ends well, and I don't argue with anti-evolutionists - nevertheless, I've never had a problem hearing about those topics without getting riled up, even if in my head I am thinking "You are 100 percent wrong!!!"Things get a bit rough with my mother sometimes, but she's a sociologist and I have a degree in Economics. Sometimes those two viewpoints collide in an unfortunate way.

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