Religion and Politics....Controversial Topics

Symbols of the World's Religions
Symbols of the World's Religions
Man and Beast......Peaceful Coexistence?
Man and Beast......Peaceful Coexistence?

Some Topics are simply best to avoid

It's a wonderful thing. The ability to communicate. The privilege to converse freely and openly with anyone we choose. Whether it's one on one, group discussions or a classroom open to questions and answers, the vast majority of people love to talk. After all, this is the primary way we share information with one another, express our opinions, and exchange ideas.

Of all the gazillion subjects people choose to discuss, most have their favorites. These may be topics we know most about and the exciting ideas that improve our lives in some way. There are also those we might choose to avoid at all cost. For many, an example of these could be Religion or Politics or both.

Surely, we have our personal thoughts and opinions on these matters and truthfully,they may be fairly staunch. The point is, all individuals have their own personal positions and mindsets on these topics. Realistically, when we're positive another shares like-beliefs, there's little apprehension that serious disagreement might arise to cause a major clash. In such cases, we can be comfortable we'll have an intelligent, peaceful exchange. Then there are those people at opposite ends, with steadfast constitutions, where the best discussion is no discussion.

On the other hand, unless you're the instigator-type of individual, is it really a good idea to begin a conversation that's bound to get loud and nasty? Political conversation among individuals of vastly different stands can become disastrous for all involved. I ask you, what's the point?

Religion for instance, is fodder for high drama, bible banging, scripture quoting and a whole lot of holier than thou being thrown around. War has been waged and battles fought, since the beginning of man, over whose god is best and which laws must be followed. We are painfully aware of the massive bloodshed throughout the centuries in the name of religion. Logically and intellectually, we also know that religion is merely the excuse for what is in truth, stark ignorance and sheer hatred. Religious Beliefs are the catalyst, whether disguised or exposed.

Allow me to suggest that we choose to think long and hard before we join in a battle of words, with someone we love, yet with whom we strongly disagree. What could make such a discussion worthwhile?

Spiritual beliefs,if we are so inclined,are of a very personal nature. Being protective of what we hold close to our heart is a natural response. We may be silent on these matters and have no need to vocalize nor preach. In my opinion, this is best. There shouldn't be an urgent need for your god to fight with mine. We're all entitled to be at peace with whomever our god is.

POLITICS should be a 4-letter word.

Left-Wing,, Right Wing, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Liberatarian...everyone disagrees with everyone else. The arguments, insults, mud-slinging, lying, and cheating.....,seems non-stop. A necessary evil and a hard-core fact of the reality of our world, it's inevitable. We will express our Political opinions at some point or another. Keeping it civil is a struggle but one worth the focus.

It's a personal decision whether or not to engage in discussion. It also would seem imperative to know what you want to convey or accomplish before commenting. Can I make a fair, honest, mature contribution to a discussion without seeming boisterous or boring?

I bring all of this into view for consideration in terms of weighing our options in foreseeing an outcome. Does debate often prove a case or create drastic change in opposing sides? Or do you, like many others, believe continual verbal pounding can simply repel all interest and cooperation?

Controversial or's a choice whether we jump into a heated political argument to force our opinions on all who might listen, or back away and remain mute. I've made the near-fatal error of speaking up when I instinctively knew better. There was no one to blame but myself when the outcome was disastrous. I believe it was then that I vowed to remember what really matters to me and choose to smile as I walked on by.

When it comes to Religion or Politics, ask yourself how much it means at any given moment, to express your beliefs and opinions. How many people really care? Are you looking for debate?

As I began saying, we have thousands of things to talk about, do we not? Surely there are topics of interest with educational and entertainment value. Why not choose to keep it light and cheerful? It's a good idea to keep the peace and enjoy the company of one another, rather than walk away angry! There's time to laugh and be happy and time to stress and fret. Choose the time that benefits everyone. Leave Religion and Politics to the Preachers and Teachers.

Stay on your own side of the road!

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Elections for POTUS

No doubt we will find the most high drama during a Presidential election year.. Campaign debates all over the country, most being televised, bring us an uncomfortable view of just how low a group of educated adults can stoop.

It's just the way it is. This particular issue is stressful and tense. An entire nation stands to be affected by the results. It's human nature to become personally involved, express our opinions and ideals. Unfortunately, political opponents have staunch views and are not easily swayed from the way they see things. Frankly, none of us are. So then, again we have to ask ourselves, why do we get into it with one another? Well, for one thing, what sort of a patriotic American has no opinion at all as to how our country is run? The issues will always be hot topics. The economy, education, health care, TAXES, don't forget taxes!

At the end of the day, many of us actually feel obligated to state our opinions. We have certainly learned this is a basic right. Whether we come to any agreement or half-way point in any conversation is not as important as simply owning our strong ideals.

We may never know what, if any good comes from all of the chaos but it's fair to say we might just gain a rival or two. If this is something one can handle, I say, "Go for it, just be alert in case you need to duck!"

If you'll appreciate some advice, I'd like to add that we should be very cautious and gentle with our family members and close friends. They're really most important of all.

Religion and politics? I feel the best response is, "Nah, not today thanks, I'll pass on that."

Just remember to pray and vote~~privately!

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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello Greensleeves....There are endless topics that can be discussed while avoiding these 2 futile discussions. I prefer to steer clear. most importantly because what someone believes is very little if any concern of mine....and I appreciate not being preached to myself. It boils down to a simple matter of choosing not to have these discussions with anyone. Thanks for your input/ Have a nice week-end, Paula

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Greensleeves Hubs 15 months ago from Essex, UK

Face to face, with friends, I've generally avoided very controversial topics including politics and religion. In politics, I feel my knowledge on many issues is insufficiently detailed to conduct an off-the-cuff rational debate. As for religion, in conversation with deeply religious friends I know they're not going to be able to convert me (to) faith, and I know I'm not going to be able to convert them away. Nor indeed, would I want to, if faith brings them comfort. So what's the point in taking the risk of creating bad feeling?

Since I started writing hubs, I've had a similar attitude, not wanting to alienate 'followers' I like and respect, and not wishing the hassle of prolonged arguments with comments, replies and repostes. So I've only written two or three hubs on controversial subjects. However I am intending to write more in the future on subjects I feel passionate about. Hopefully I will be able to keep debate restrained and moderate.

Nice to read this Paula. I do feel we should ideally all discuss these issues because otherwise the extremists (who will comment endlessly on such topics) 'win' simply through flooding debate with their views. But when discussing such topics, everyone needs to exercise respect and tolerance of alternative views.

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

She bought and paid for those "obstructions" too!! LOL

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jonnycomelately 16 months ago from Tasmania

Well I guess Dolly might have a couple of obstructions to lying the other way up that I don't have...

Whatever way we feel comfortable.

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jay.......Sounds good to me. But I still believe in Peter maybe you should get a second opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Johnny......Do I know what you mean?? Does Dolly Parton have to sleep on her back?

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Jay C OBrien 16 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Could we all agree to the Peace Testimony?

Renounce war and fighting for any reason or under any pretense whatsoever.

This assumes we are individuals with free will.

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jonnycomelately 16 months ago from Tasmania

Hi Folks. Good to see some honest postings .... and the humerous side occasionally.

I visited "Speakers' Corner," near Marble Arch in London a few weeks ago, hoping to have some serious discussion and a few laughs.

It didn't work out that way. There were christian fanatcs, islam fanatics, JW fanatics, political fanatics.....and mostly they were only listening to their own argument, there was no point even asking a genuine question. Because any answer only came back after having been dipped in their own paint pot.... so the question got more and more obscured behind the dogma and fundamental statements. Just like here in HubPages. So I bowed out of any argument. It was funny listening to begin with but then go so boring and unintelligent.

Do you know what I mean?

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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

Can't wait to see your new hub GF! Those non grandparents will learn, trust me.

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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

We can only talk about the grandkids with other grandparents!...Have you ever noticed? Most others begin yawning after we've bragged on for an hour. How DARE they?

Believe it or not....I don't need to recycle my old hubs. I actually have a new hub waiting in wings to be approved. Gosh, that was some nap I took!!............Thanks GF!

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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York

Well, here's one you slipped by me.

I have to say I think your last sentence says it all, "Leave Religion and Politics to the Preachers and Teachers."

You can never win in one of those discussions, and I say win because like you I believe they all turn into arguments so why not just talk about the grandchildren?

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Callum......This hub is pretty old. I think I published this about 3 yrs ago. I've been here 4 yrs and 3 mos now, so I'm now considered one the old-timers. There are very few left from the beginning which was around 7 yrs. ago.

Despite a few "unpleasant experiences" here & there, this is an awesome Community of writers. 90% of the people are friendly, helpful and very talented.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll get myself to your site soon. Peace, Paula

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CallumCharles 17 months ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

So true! I enjoyed this hub, I kind of fell in the trap as you saw before. Although the outcome was good, nevertheless I should have known better. You can't argue with extremism, only your blood pressure rises. This hub is brilliant - religion has caused so many wars, it keeps historians debating and not starting one. However, history is written by the victors and so is religion. Great hub and thanks for helping me. :)

As for those tambourine bashing, bible thumping, tree beaters I agree there needs to be some kind of warning system to say - do not engage without a tetanus and a degree in idiocy! Not forgetting the whip and the chair in case you need a fast exit!

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sort of difficult to ignore a ranting, raving, in-your-face babbling psycho, as they jump up & down, flail their arms, bang their fists, spit fire, poke fingers in your chest and bid you FAREWELL TO HELL!!!!! We should carry a fly swatter and a can of ROACH!!

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Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

You are too funny, girl. I have resorted to keeping a list by my computer and reminding myself to NOT interact with these people! (if you can call them people).

It's very hard to ignore them, and sometimes I can't help myself, but I try. I try....

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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Clearly, I will speak up at times myself. However, I must say that I will state my thought or opinion and leave it at that. It is only when a fiercely obsessed, possessed, fanatical individual begins to stalk a thread and interjects their rantings on every single comment. When someone is compelled, DRIVEN to preach & QUOTE and admonish all others, spewing hell's fire and eternal damnation!!!...that I tend to get a tad bit annoyed!

Oh...but we wouldn't know anyone like that around here, so I don't even know why I brought it up. Silly me.

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Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

How did I miss this hub? LOL. Oh well, I guess I really don't like discussing religion, politics, or sex. Oh wait, you didn't even mention that last one!

And you may not believe that I don't like discussing religion or politics, because my actions would suggest otherwise, but I really hate it. I just can't sit by idly wishing people would wise up about these things.

I know that opinions are like a$$holes - we all have them. But I just can't help myself.

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Jay C OBrien 21 months ago from Houston, TX USA

If done properly, spiritual counseling can be useful. Many people have emotional turmoil sometime in their lives and need a group to share their problems. All spiritual counseling share a common thread, a belief in life after death. Learn to forgive and avoid condemnation.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

B. leekley......Nice to see you. Thanks for your interesting comment. What a pleasant experience it would be to be able to discuss these topics in a sane and intelligent manner with others. The "Conversation Cafe" group sounds like a wonderful concept!.

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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up and Interesting. It is possible to discuss religion and politics as well as ethics and other matter of opinion in a setting that is civil and focused on listening and learning. I experienced that when I was in a Socrates Cafe group and when I was in a Conversation Cafe group. See also YouTube talks by Marshall Rosenberg on nonviolent communication, jackal talk, and giraffe talk.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hmmmm, very interesting, Vinaya....Two birds with one stone. Sounds like a time saver! Thanks for stopping by.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

In ancient world religion was not a private matter, it was about politics. Religion evolved as political theory. I believe this even though I'm a religious man.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

peanut....Nice to see you and read your view on this topic......A good argument never hurt anyone....or at lease, let's say it SHOULDN'T hurt anyone!!!

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Brilliant! I agree with you 100% in your views. I must confess though, the temptation to have a good rant does take over when some ignorant bigot starts spouting their views at the top of their voices! I should probably try to rant a little bit less! I think it's time I took up yoga!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

RBJ33.....There's a big wide world here, within our Hubpages Village, of very different, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-TALENTED fellow-writers/readers/donors.

I'm all in favor of exchange and healthy debate or a vigorous discussion. However, there are limits and lines to draw, which unfortunately, are too easily disregarded or disrespected. IMO, this defeats the very meaning of community.

I've succombed to "losing it" once or twice....but never again. I prefer to protect myself and choose my battles wisely.

We do have some with seriously staunch religious and political stands and this is the American privilege. I often read and offer comment, but try always to be civil, and offer my thoughts.... not to hijack their original intention.

You'll see this happen......a LOT....and it's an excellent signal to "exit."

Thank you for coming by. I hope you will visit more often.

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RBJ33 4 years ago

You read my mind. How did you do that? I am new to Hub and posted some thoughts - BAM - here came the people in love with the sound of their voice. No discussion, no real discussion, just intimidation by insult, and some very puzzling, confusing analogies. Some heavy duty bible thumping, gun toting, outspoken fellows who will have it no other way but theirs. Doesn't discourage me, just disappointing. Searching new audiences now.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MizBejabbers....I thoroughly enjoyed your interesting comment. You bring common sense and wisdom along as you share your opionons. It does seem rather difficult to dodge unpleasant discussions when total strangers begin to pipe up and point fingers!! Understandably, these days, a whole lot of people have a whole lot to say!! lol

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MizBejabbers 5 years ago

Good hub, you said it well. I wish society had not become so polarized because it really affects us all even when we try to stay out of it.

I was raised in a unique household, an atheist father and a Church of Christ mother. There were no religious discussions in our house. Most of my friends are on a higher spiritual level and we don't like judgmental discussions, either. However, there are some relatives on both sides of the family that my husband and I prefer to stay away from because of their narrow-mindedness.

I did have a friend with whom I enjoyed these discussions. In my office was a lawyer who loved to discuss religion and politics. He had his own beliefs but was knowledgeable enough to argue either side for the sake of a good discussion. Several of us enjoyed arguing with him because he could laugh and he never did it in a mean spirited way. For example, once he told me that, as a Catholic, he didn't believe in reincarnation, but he was sure that in a past life I was burned at the stake as a witch and he struck the match to light the fire. I enjoyed that discussion. Alas, he was killed in a traffic accident, and I do miss his unique perspectives.

What I don't like is to be approached by a stranger who goes off. Last week I was in a store whose parent company had taken bankruptcy. A guy in a camoflauge jacket started telling me how it was Obama's fault. Instead of turning around and walking off, I proceeded to tell him how he had forgotten his junior high civics lessons. He tried to argue back, but a woman who agreed with me jumped his case. Two on one; he hurried off. That'll learn him, durn him, I hoped.

Voted you up, interesting and useful.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I have nursed one too many headaches and soothed my share of unecessarily hurt feelings, to feel any other way....It's all a matter of priorities.

I embrace and support what I personally believe. I have no desire, nor am I in a forced do battle with others of any alternate views. Each of us has that right and freedom.

I am always reminded of the times my sister or I would pound our drum in defense of a cause. Our Dad would sit silently and listen....& finally say, "That's, SHUT UP and SHOW me!" That pretty much sums it up, wouldn't you say? Thanks for stopping by and for your considerate comment.

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC

So much common sense in one "GramDawg" isn't American, is it?

What a refreshing break. After reading this brief but poignant hub I felt a real weight lifted off my shoulders. I wasn't going crazy, there is another human being on the face of this planet committed to living in peace! Yahooooo!

Well done and voted up!!!

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

johnny-please-come-by-more-often...tee hee..."judging others" is done by the annoying demon inside one's self...that is ever-protected by one's over-sized ego. "Since I am PERFECT and I know ALL.....YOU are surely WRONG."

This not only goes for Religion & Politics, but pretty much anything we can shake a stick at. It gets rather tiring as well as "trying," to smile and bite one's tongue in the company of the self-righteous....but in the end, 'tis better to be silent and thought "stupid," than to flap your jaw and prove you are.

thank you for your comment.

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jonnycomelately 5 years ago from Tasmania

Paula, I have only just taken a look into this Hub of yours. Brings a breath of fresh air to the Internet, I must say. Very positive and community minded. Thank you.

To Martie, above, re. the expression of feelings: I suspect that the problems come because most of us are not content to let a person "just express" their feelings, without jumping in and commenting.

If we could learn to allow a person total freedom to express themselves and leave it at that, without bringing in judgement of them, then argument would not happen. Permission can be asked to discuss it, but not argue. It is a great mark of respect to allow total freedom or speech.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

PERFECT, Martie....Save the chatter.....we want action! I agree. It is for me, precisely because these are personal matters, that I don't wish to share much with others on the topics. When I think of the Zillions of things we can discuss and share, it hardly seems necessary to get into a "pointless" debate....unless of course, one is prone to feeding on that sort of rot..

Thanks for coming by, Martie. I always welcome your input.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I think the reason why Religion and Politics is such explosive topics, is because they are PERSONAL matters. The heart is involved - our emotions - and not only the brain. There was a time I eagerly stressed my personal feelings and knowledge, but then I've always ended with that feeling one gets when he accidentally touches sh@t - which is after all also a very personal matter. So the rule is: 'Don't talk about it, just do it."

Thanks for an enjoyable read, Paula!

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Why, Thank you Sharyn! I'm always interested in hearing your SLANT on things too! Your writing is so smooth and enjoyable....u-huh! Just like YOU!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Paula ~ I will talk SHI* with you any day and promise to stay away from the taboo subjects. I very much appreciate you, your opinions, your wisdom, your honesty and your humor. That is the making of a really fun friend. SS

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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

I think fighting politicians fuels the fight between citizens. While we're fighting with each other some people never look up from the fight to see what's really going on. It's a dog an pony show on a grand scale. Reminds me of the movie "wag the dog", a horribly boring movie to sit through, but the ending was fantastic. Basically this guy running for president used a Hollywood set and actors to create war footage for the media to get re-elected.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Alecia.....I love your analogy!!! And actually, the H.S. quaterback would probably be more worth fighting over than any nasty politician!! At least the quarterback doesn't RUN with our Tax Dollars in his hands!!! LOL

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I completely agree with you fpher. I just rather not talk about things that end in arguments and I agree with Jennifer that politicians are not worth fighting over it's like the equivalent of two girls fighting over the high school quaterback, they're going to dissapoint you in the end. Great hub!

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DzyMsLizzy....Thank you for the fan mail! You are COOL too! I appreciate your opinion of my hub. When I have an opportunity to chat with someone and exchange ideas...I have no desire to get into a battle over opposing personal views. Let's face it, we come out of the argument with the same beliefs we went into it with....but include anger or hurt feelings. That's just plain, "dumb." Glad you agree!!

ITcoach....You are so correct! The "one-track-mind," is an impossible issue to deal with. If we seriously BELIEVE ONE and only ONE way....OUR way, (and it's obvious with Politics and Religion, this is where the vast majority of people are) is a no-brainer to realize that the only outcome would be a heated debate, complete with insults. Wouldn't most of us rather AVOID this sort of drama? Thank you for stopping by!

Jennifer....NO! a thousand times, "NO!" Politicians are not worth our time and brain power to fight over. In fact, it seems that is what THEY do best...FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER! While they bicker and argue, lash out at one another, back & forth, ad infinitum......Here we are, the PEOPLE they are supposed to be serving....fighting for our very lives and rights!!! We need to stick together!

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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

Why is it that adults can't discuss religion or politics without nearly coming to blows? Why is it so hard to listen to someone with a different point of view just for the sake of learning something? I'm open to what people have to say but I agree that those who are trying to convert me to their way of thinking need to put a sock in it. Respectfully share your views and leave it at that. I don't think any GOD would want us to fight with each other. When it comes to politicians....are they really worth fighting over? C'mon : ) Great Hub and Voted up.

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ITcoach 5 years ago from United States

I like to read hubs that are written on politics.I just read them to educate myself but I don't comment and I don't refuse to talk religion and politics I'd just rather not.I have seen people who want to discuss these two topics, they normally have a one-track mind and they want to share what they want you to hear and don't care what you have to say.Voted up and awesome.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Yes, I agree whole heartedly. These two topics cause nothing but strife of one degree or another. Religion? No thanks--you are so correct about all the wars and hatred engendered through the centuries in the name of something supposedly teaching love and goodness. Yeah, right! I'm also with you on the "how's that working for you?" aspect of politics. I, too, am too honest for my own good, and would make a lousy politician..not to mention being a bit too far to the thin-skinned side. From where I sit, it seems that the main pre-requisite for entering politics is to be a pathological liar.

Great hub--voted up all around.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Real...Hi, good to hear from you!...I too, like to read up on all the interesting facts and opinions of others. I CARE about these things and certainly like to keep abreast, but I steer away from getting into heated debate that ends up in shouting matches. Mostly because, if you'll notice....each person comes into the discussion with their staunch opinions and they exit the conversation the SAME way. I mean, seriously, have you ever seen it happen that after an hour-long discussion regarding religion OR politics, one person pipes up suddenly and says, "Hey, you know you're absolutely right!! You just turned me right around, ole buddy....for 48 years I've been a Catholic Liberal....and you've just convinced me to become a Jewish Republican!!" WHO does that? NO BODY!!! lmao!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You said it - although I admit I do follow certain political hub writers - I read them to educate myself but I don't comment - it just mostly gets me into trouble! Lol

I am with you I love to write about stuff that makes me laugh or learn:). Great hub!

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author are a treat...and soooo sweet. Hey, THAT rhymes too! Nice of you to stop by. This is the slowest hub I've ever put out. Sunshine is right....looks like no one wants to talk about these things. However, one trip through the community hubs would dispute that.

Oh wow...Dex....THANKS for the warning! My hubby would be slightly miffed if there was a "strange fellow in my bed." (I couldn't resist.....bad, bad, Gramma!) LMAO

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Fpherj48! I would have to agree with you! As for religion, I tend to listen to what others have to say, but like you wrote, more times than not, they have no interest in what YOU believe - unless you believe as they do! Ha!

Politics breeds strange bedfellows. I understand that people will believe what they choose. What I can't understand is when they can't articulate it! I mean, some people still have racists attitudes. Why? Because their father and grandfather did so! What!!?? Unbelievable!

Hey, it isn't even baseball season, but you hit this one out of the park! Great job! And I love your catch all phrase - "So, how's that been working for you?"

The best hub of the day! Voted up, up and away! (That rhymes)!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Speedy is correct. I'm guessing hubbers don't like to discuss neither on hubpages either. Hmmmm.

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey there Speedy Sunshine...I was just about to send you my link. You're like the Road Runner....Beep Beep! Thanks, dear. Your visits mean a lot to me!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I couldn't have said this better myself. While I don't refuse to talk religion and politics I'd just rather not. I've noticed the people who do want to discuss these two subjects normally have a one-track mind and they basically just want to share what they want you to hear and don't care what you have to say. If it was an actual conversation they wanted then I'm all for it. All I have left to say is Obama for 2012 and Amen. Voted WAY UP!!

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