I definitely stay away from political discussions. Always. I don't see the point and the way I was raised, we never felt the need to impose our views on others or to embrace anybody else's opinion. I consider political inclinations a personal matter. I try to stay away from religious discussions too, for the same reasons. However, on that very topic, I noticed that it might be easier to "push my buttons". I hate to say this but I have a difficult time to deal with narrow minded people. I do respect other people's beliefs, for the simple reason that it has no bearing on my life, and I sincerely wish people would respect my choices too, and not try to sell me a slice of their favorite prophet on every possible occasion. If I ever changed my views on religion, it would have to come from me, not because somebody "converted" me. Finally, after about five months on Hubpages, I still have to look at one "How to" hubs, and experiment with any of the many recipes here. Not my thing I guess ! Hope this all makes sense to you !